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Sociological Imagination: Western’s Undergraduate Sociology Student Journal

Abstract

The issue of police brutality and use of force has become increasingly prevalent in both mainstream media and sociological research. However, while instances of police brutality against male citizens continue to make international headlines, female victims of police brutality fail to receive attention in both the media and scholarly research. This paper aims to answer the question of whether or not female victimization is being ignored by narratives of police misconduct. Using sociological, feminist, structural, organizational, and cultural approaches, the factors that establish the conditions for female victimization by police will be examined in detail. A variety of studies that highlight the existence of police brutality against women will also be presented and analyzed, which will then be combined with theoretical perspectives to explain the absence of women in this area of research.


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