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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

Shani D'Cruze and Louise A. Jackson provide students with a lively overview of women's relationship to the criminal justice system in England, exploring key debates in the regulation of 'respectable' and 'deviant' femininities over the last four centuries. Major issues include:

• attitudes towards murder and infanticide * prostitution
• the decline of witchcraft belief * sexual violence
• the 'girl delinquent' * theft and fraud

The volume also examines women's participation in illegal forms of protest and political activism, their experience of penal regimes as well as strategies of resistance, and their involvement in occupations associated with criminal justice itself. Assuming that men and women cannot be studied in isolation, D'Cruze and Jackson make reference to recent studies of masculinity and comment on the ways in which relations between men and women have been understood and negotiated across time.

Featuring examples drawn from a rich range of sources such as court records, autobiographies, literature and film, this is an ideal introduction to an increasingly popular area of study.

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 last 350 years and 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 in general, it also offers a comprehensive - perhaps even a pioneering - survey of one of that area's most perennially fascinating topics: the criminality of women.' - Simon Devereaux, University of Victoria, Canada
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