Tove Pettersson


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Works at Department of Criminology
Visiting address Universitetsvägen 10 C, plan 6
Room C 670
Postal address Kriminologiska institutionen 106 91 Stockholm


Qualitative methods, gender and crime.


Research areas:
Gender and crime, discrimination within criminal justice, special approved youth homes, Police work with youth

Current research projects:

The female offender as a social problem

Use of the SiS’s Safety Plan in conflict management within the compulsory institution care sector


Pettersson, Tove (2017) “Open custody for criminal youth hold back re-offending”  Sociologisk forskning. Vol 54(4).

Pettersson, T. (2017). Young offenders and open custody. London: Routledge

Pettersson, Tove (2014). ”Doing masculinity in youth institutions” In (eds.) Lander, I, Ravn, S & Jon, N. Masculinities in the Criminological Field: Control, Vulnerability and Risk-Taking Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate.

Pettersson, Tove (2014) "Complaints as Opportunity for Change in Encounters between Youths and Police Officers", Social Inclusion, Vol 2, No 3, pp. 102-112

Pettersson, Tove (2013) Belonging and Unbelonging in Encounters Between Young Males and Police Officers: The Use of Masculinity and Ethnicity/Race, Critical Criminology

Estrada, Felipe, Pettersson, Tove & Shannon, Dave (2012) ”Crime and Criminology in Sweden” European Journal of Criminology Vol 9, Issue 6.

Pettersson, Tove (2010) "Recidivism Among Young Males Sentenced to Prison and Youth Custody"  Journal of Scandinavian Studies in Criminology and Crime Prevention Vol 11 No 2, s. 151-168

Karlsson, Jenny och Pettersson, Tove (2005): “Focus Group Interviews with Youngsters about Gender and Violence – Two Studies” i (eds.) L. Suurpää och T. Hoikkala Masculinities and Violence in Youth Cultures. Helsingfors: Finish Youth Research Network/ Finish Youth Research Society Publication 53

Pettersson, Tove (2005)“Gendering delinquent networks. A gendered analysis of violent crimes and the structure of boys and girls co-offending networks i YOUNG Aug 13, s 247 - 267.

Pettersson, Tove (2003) “Ethnicity and violent crime. The ethnic structure of networks of youths suspected of violent offences in Stockholm” I Journal of Scandinavian Studies in Criminology and Crime Prevention Vol 3 No 2, s. 154-172

Pettersson, Tove och Tiby, Eva (2002): “Production and reproduction of prostitution” Journal of Scandinavian Studies in Criminology and Crime Prevention Vol 3 No 2.

Sarnecki, Jerzy och Pettersson, Tove (2001): “Criminal Networks in Stockholm” i (edt) M. Klein, J. Kerner, C. Maxon och E. Weitkamp The Eurogang Paradox: Street Gangs and Youth Groups in the U.S. and Europe Boston : Kluwer Academic Publishers


A selection from Stockholm University publication database
  • 2019. Felipe Estrada, Anders Nilsson, Tove Pettersson.

    This article examines how women’s crime has been reflected in crime statistics and media crime reporting. We employ a long-term historical perspective, looking at developments from the beginning of the 20th century until the present. We describe the overarching processes that underlie the decline in the gender gap in convictions for theft and violent crime, respectively, at different times during the past century. The study also use a new data set comprised of newspaper articles on women’s and men’s offending published by the Swedish press between 1905 and 2015. We compare the trend in the number of articles focused on offences committed by women and men respectively, variations in the offence types that the daily press choose to report on and the overarching explanations for crime that are discussed in the articles. The results show that levels of coverage and the types of crime that attract media attention are strikingly similar for men and women, but throughout the whole period there is a greater need for the newspapers to find reasons for women’s offending. Moreover, there has been no marked increase in the press focus on women’s crime as women have comprised an increasing proportion of those convicted of criminal offences.

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Last updated: January 23, 2020

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