Crime and Society in England, 1750-1900 (3rd Edition) by Clive Emsley

By Clive Emsley

Crime and Society in England, 1750-1900 attracts on fresh study to evaluate the adjustments within the realizing of crime, policing, the courts and penal sanctions in England because the nation industrialised and urbanised in the course of the eighteenth and 19th centuries.  The 3rd variation brings the topic updated through reflecting fresh shifts clear of classification in the direction of gender research, and the becoming curiosity in violence rather than estate crime. Explores the worth of legal statistics, the importance of up to date notions of sophistication and gender in knowing and formulating similar to the felony Describes advancements in policing and the transferring principles that ended in a decline in company and capital punishments and an expanding concentrate on the legal demanding situations the view that crime will be attributed to the behaviour of a felony type, and the information that crime styles should be defined easily when it comes to the alternate cycle Examines alterations in crime and the felony justice approach opposed to the bigger alterations in an industrialising society

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125–49. qxd 21/7/04 12:34 PM Page 21 CHAPTER 2 The statistical map any of the key questions, certainly many of the most popular questions about crime, are quantitative. How much was there? Was it increasing or decreasing? Which types of crime were most prevalent at particular periods or in particular places? Even the central question: did economic and social change foster different kinds of criminality requires statistical evidence to hazard an answer. Yet the statistical evidence of crime is fraught with dangers and difficulties.

Thompson, Whigs and Hunters: The origins of the Black Act, Allen Lane, London, 1975, passim. Both Radzinowicz and Thompson categorise the Black Act as typical of the eighteenth-century Bloody Code, and Thompson explains the legislation in terms of the ruthless Hanoverian ruling class acting in its own interest against the foresters who were resisting that class’s assault on customary rights. However, recent research has identified a crucial and narrowly political motive behind the legislation, namely the Jacobite connection of the foresters, and this does put a very different complexion on the issue.

In November 1765 the printer of the Chelmsford Chronicle appears consciously to have used one or two robberies and some reports of robberies both to boost his sales and to assert his newspaper’s claim to being the key organ of information in Essex. His emphasis on these offences, in turn, generated arrests on flimsy evidence and rewarded him with yet more copy. 10 The London garrotting panic of 1862 appears to have provoked an increase in prosecutions for street robbery. Once press, police and private individuals were aware of the offence, they began to see it all around.

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