Shoplifting: Work, agency, and gender

Gail A. Caputo, Anna King

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Often described as "pink collar," shoplifting is crime thought to be dominated by women. While there is evidence of gender discrimination in the crime's availability to women and that drug addiction as well as personal resources motivate individuals to choose it, the gendered nature of this work (the "how" of the work) is not further elaborated in the literature. The occupational processes of the crime have also largely been omitted from research. The goal of the article is to describe the "job" of shoplifting and how it may be "gendered" by examining the ways individual women talk about the crime.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)159-177
Number of pages19
JournalFeminist Criminology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Gender Studies
  • Law


  • gender
  • shoplifting
  • women and crime


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