Crime and Society in England: 1750 - 1900

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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Nonspecific Binding
  • Copyright: 2010-03-11
  • Publisher: Routledge

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A new edition of the most comprehensive, authoritative and accessible history of crime in eighteenth and nineteenth century England. Explores the value of criminal statistics, the significance of contemporary notions of class and gender in understanding and formulating the image of the criminal Describes developments in policing and the shifting ideas that led to a decline in corporate and capital punishments and an increasing focus on the prison Challenges the view that crime can be attributed to the behaviour of a criminal class, and the ideas that crime patterns can be explained simply in terms of the trade cycle Examines changes in crime and the criminal justice system against the larger changes in an industrialising society Includes a new section on Crime in the Media, with visual representations

Author Biography

Clive Emsley is Emeritus Professor of History at the Open University. His books include Hard Men: Violence in England Since 1750 (2005); Crime, Policy and Penal Policy: European Experiences 1750-1940 (2007); The Great British Bobby (2009); and Crime and Society in Twentieth-Century England (forthcoming).

Table of Contents

List of illustrationsp. viii
List of tables and figuresp. ix
Abbreviations used in notesp. x
Preface and acknowledgements to the fourth editionp. xi
Publisher's acknowledgementsp. xiii
Introduction: crime and the lawp. 1
The statistical mapp. 21
Class perceptionsp. 57
Gender perceptionsp. 96
Environmental perceptionsp. 118
Fiddles, perks and pilferagep. 147
The criminal class and professional criminalsp. 177
Prosecutors and the courtsp. 188
Detection and prevention: the old police and the newp. 227
Punishment and reformationp. 261
Concluding remarksp. 308
Further reading: further researchp. 315
Indexp. 319
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