The Allure of Technology: Photographs, Statistics and the Elusive Female Criminal in 1930s Cuba

TitleThe Allure of Technology: Photographs, Statistics and the Elusive Female Criminal in 1930s Cuba
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsBronfman, A
JournalGender & History
Volume19
Pagination60-77
ISBN Number0953-5233
Keywordsarticle, Criminal statistics, Criminals, Criminology, Cuba, Female Offenders, History, Photographs, Statistics, TECHNOLOGY, Women
Abstract

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.