Crime and Community in Reformation Scotland: Negotiating Power in a Burgh Society

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 7/17/2015
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Based on church and state records from the burgh of Aberdeen, this study explores the deeper social meaning behind petty crime during the Reformation. Falconer argues that an analysis of both criminal behaviour and law enforcement provides a unique view into the workings of an early modern urban Scottish community. Examining the motivation behind these acts of violence reveals power struggles, social and familial hierarchies and the concept of belonging.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Community, Conflict and Control1 Crime, Community and Belonging
Godly Discipline
Disobedience and ExclusionConclusion: (Re)Defining the Community of the Burgh
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