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Department
Sociology
Course
Sociology 2266A/B
Professor
Paul- Philippe Pare
Semester
Fall

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Establishing Connections: Gender, Motor Behicle Theft and Disposal Networks ­ Introduction:  ­ Motor vehicle theft is male dominated but women doengage  ­ Examine gendered nature of motor vehicle theft, through a direct comparison of  qualitative data obtained from 35 adult women/men involved in car theft  ­ Conceptual Context:  ­ Property crime accounted for 11% of all crime, with 1.1 million vehicles being  reported stolen in 2007  ­ Ratio of male to female arestees was 4.6 to 1  ­ Auto theft is a social crime­> Initiation comes through neighborhood interaction  with peers, usually more experienced males  ­ Initially you are a novice which positions you as ‘look out’ and passaenger  ­ The skill set needed to steal the car was held by the ‘apprenticeship’  ­ Initiation into Auto Theft:  ­ Almost all men/women interviewed were exposed to auto­theft through the  context of joy riding   ­ Almost all interviewed discussed a period of learning how to steal a car,  specifically breaking down the steering wheel column/tampering with the ignition  ­ It takes awhile for someone to be able to steal the car, must be responsible for  most of the ‘theft work’  ­ All men were initiated by peers or same sex members of their family, direct auto  theft participation by women occurred in the compa
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