• Unlocking the Invisible Voice. Criminal Ethnic Minority Girls in Britain

Lambert Academic Publishing
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(Dr Sunita Toor is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Sheffield Hallam University. She is a passionate, probing and committed criminologist, who thrives on engaging in qualitative research to make visible and give voice to the invisible. Her research focuses primarily on criminal ethnic minority girls and British Asian criminality.)


This book explores the criminal lives of a small group of African-Caribbean girls and those from the Indian Sub-Continent in Britain. The book aims to uncover how understandings of criminal ethnic minority girls can be formulated. Hence, a key question that is explored in this book is: how do we understand the criminal lives and experiences of ethnic minority girls? The intention is to make ethnic minority girls visible in criminology and unlock their voice, so they can tell their criminal accounts. The book concludes that the criminal lives of ethnic minority girls is explained through a complex prism of factors based on gender, class, race, ethnicity, culture, experience of Local Authority Care and abuse. The biographical approach indicates how these factors interplay and become significant at different stages of girls’ life courses. Thus, such factors are key to understanding their criminal lives. The book provides an invaluable insight into the criminal lives of a forgotten group of young criminal females in a male dominant system.

MATERIAS: Ethnic Minority Girls, criminality, Gender, crime, Race, Culture