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Sex and Drugs and Revolutionary Justice: Negotiating ‘Female Criminality’ in the Early Soviet Courtroom

Journal of Social Policy Studies. 2018. Vol. 16. No. 2. P. 341-354.

Drawing on the criminal investigation materials from the Central State Archive of St. Petersburg (TsGA SPb), this paper argues that in the volatile setting of the early Soviet courtroom ‘female criminality’ was not a clear-cut concept, but rather a malleable product of intense negotiations that involved all legal actors and centered around the contested notions of female subjectivity, socialist ideology, and the material conditions of living. By viewing ‘female criminality’ as a product of open-ended negotiations and by re-emphasizing the material conditions of revolutionary Petrograd, the article provides a new perspective on gender, crime and the administration of justice in that turbulent period.