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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Women, Crime and Justice in England since 1660

ISBN 9781403989727
Publication Date July 2009
Formats Hardcover Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Gender and History

D'Cruze and Jackson introduce students to key debates and trends in the study of women's relationship to the criminal justice system in England over the last four centuries. The areas explored include attitudes towards murder and infanticide, sexual violence, prostitution, the 'girl delinquent', and women's experience of penal regimes.

SHANI D'CRUZE is an Honorary Reader in the Research Institute for Law, Politics and Justice at the University of Keele, UK.

LOUISE A. JACKSON is Senior Lecturer in the School of History at the University of Edinburgh, UK.

List of Tables and Figures
Introduction: 'Vice' and 'Virtue'?
Women and Criminality: Counting and Explaining
Women and Property Offences
Women and Violence
Women and Sexuality
Women, Social Protest and Political Activism
Women in Control?
Women and Punishment
Girls and Delinquency
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'Clear, comprehensive, engaging and well written. This book covers all of the main aspects of 'women and crime' over the last350 yearsand does so in a detailed yet accessible way that makes it suitable for the undergraduate or new reader.' - Helen Johnston, University of Hull, UK
'This book is an outstanding achievement. It not only fills a major gap in textbook offerings in the area of criminal justice history ingeneral, it also offers a comprehensive - perhaps even a pioneering -survey of one of that area's most perennially fascinating topics: thecriminality of women.' - Simon Devereaux, University of Victoria, Canada
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