|Title||The Allure of Technology: Photographs, Statistics and the Elusive Female Criminal in 1930s Cuba|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2007|
|Journal||Gender & History|
|Keywords||article, Criminal statistics, Criminals, Criminology, Cuba, Female Offenders, History, Photographs, Statistics, TECHNOLOGY, Women|
This article takes on one text, a study of female criminals by the prominent Cuban criminologist Israel Castellanos, and looks in particular at his use of the newest tools available in the production of criminological knowledge, namely statistics and photography. I argue that Castellanos was more fascinated by the tools and their implementation than he was in the repression of criminality. In the end, however, statistics and photography proved insufficient tools, as they only revealed (for Castellanos) a bewildering array of criminal women, rather than serving to encase them into a series of well-defined categories or types. Adapted from the source document.