Law, Crime and Deviance since 1700: Micro-Studies in the History of Crime

Law, Crime and Deviance since 1700: Micro-Studies in the History of Crime

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CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title 2017 Law, Crime and Deviance since 1700 explores the potential for the `micro-study' approach to the history of crime and legal history. A selection of in-depth narrative micro-studies are featured to illustrate specific issues associated with the theme of crime and the law in historical context. The methodology used unpacks the wider historiographical and contextual issues related to each thematic area and facilitates discussion of the wider implications for the history of crime and social relations. The case studies in the volume cover a range of incidents relating to crime, law and deviant behaviour since 1700, from policing vice in Victorian London to chain gang narratives from the southern United States. The book concludes by demonstrating how these narratives can be brought together to produce a more nuanced history of the area and suggests avenues for future research and study.

About Author

David Nash is Professor of History at Oxford Brookes University, UK. He is editor of the journal Social and Cultural History and author of several books, including Christian Ideals in British Society: Stories of Belief in the Twentieth Century (2013) and Blasphemy in the Christian World (2007). Anne-Marie Kilday is Professor of Criminal History at Oxford Brookes University, UK. She is author of A History of Infanticide in Britain (2013), co-author of Cultures of Shame: Exploring Crime and Morality in Britain 1600-1900 (2010) and editor (with David Nash) of Histories of Crime, 1600-2000 (2010).


Introduction (David Nash and Anne-Marie Kilday, Oxford Brookes University, UK) Section One - Criminality, State and Society 1. The Uses of a Martyred Blasphemer's Death: The Execution of Thomas Aitkenhead, Scotland's Religion, the Enlightenment and Contemporary Activism (David Nash, Oxford Brookes University, UK) 2. History, Narrative and attacking Chronocentricism in Understanding Financial Crime: The Significance of Micro-history (Sarah Wilson, University of York, UK) 3. The Limits of Government Intervention: Caroline Wybrow and the Scandal of the Contagious Diseases Acts (Adrian Ager, Oxford Brookes University, UK) 4. The Bonnie and Clyde of the Blackout: The Short Criminal Careers of Gustav Hulten and Elizabeth Jones (Clifford Williamson, Bath Spa University, UK) Section Two - Violence and the Violent 5. Love, Vengeance and Vitriol: An Edwardian True-Crime Drama (Katherine D. Watson, Oxford Brookes University, UK) 6. Constructing the Cult of the Criminal: Kate Webster - Victorian Murderess and Media Sensation (Anne-Marie Kilday, Oxford Brookes University, UK) Section Three - Police and Policing 7. `Hand in Glove with the Penny-a-liners': The Bow Street Runners in Narrative Fact and Fiction (David Cox, University of Wolverhampton, UK) 8. Citizens' Complaints and Police (Un)accountability: The Career of a Parisian Commissaire de Police of the Belle Epoque (Anja Johansen, University of Dundee, UK) 9. Bobbies, Booze and Bagatelle: Policing Vice in Victorian London (Rachael Griffin, University of Western Ontario, Canada) Section Four - Prisoner Narratives and Confinement Stories 10. `I am afraid she is perfectly responsible for her actions and is simply wicked': Reconstructing the Criminal Career of Julia Hyland' (Helen Johnston, University of Hull, UK, Barry Godfrey, University of Liverpool, UK and Jo Turner, University of Chester, UK) 11. Making their Mark: Young Offenders' Life Histories and Social Networks (Helen Rogers, Liverpool John Moores University, UK) 12. Reflections on the Chain Gang and Prison Narratives from the Southern United States (Vivien Miller, University of Nottingham, UK) 13. `Nothing kept back, Nothing Exaggerated?' Piety, Penology and Conflict: Joseph Kingsmill, Prison Chaplain (1842-60) (Neil Davie, University of Lyon, France) Bibliography Index

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  • ISBN13: 9781472585288
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 344
  • ID: 9781472585288
  • weight: 523
  • ISBN10: 1472585283

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