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Jane Addams on peace, crime, and religion: The beginnings of a modern day peacemaking criminology

Connie D Frey, University of Nebraska - Lincoln


This manuscript documents Jane Addams' alignment with Peacemaking Criminology. Before I address this question, however, I outline Addams' fundamental conceptions of crime and peace, as well as the role of religion in her life and works. I use archival methods to study the histories of sociology, criminology, and peace, and specifically, Addams' role in all three. I also discuss Feminist Pragmatist theory, a theory that Addams subscribed to and the theory that I employ to frame her work. What follows is a brief discussion of Addams' biography, including general information, relationships and memberships in various religious and peacekeeping organizations, sociological influences, and, finally, Leo Tolstoy's and Mahatma Gandhi's influence. I follow this with an overview of contemporary Peacemaking scholarship, with particular attention on the writings of Quinney and Pepinsky and how they build from ideas held by Addams. I then present Addams? theory of crime using prostitution and juvenile delinquency as primary examples, and her work on peace before and after World War I. ^

Subject Area

Sociology, Theory and Methods|Sociology, Criminology and Penology

Recommended Citation

Frey, Connie D, "Jane Addams on peace, crime, and religion: The beginnings of a modern day peacemaking criminology" (2007). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln. AAI3273921.