By Judith Rowbotham,Kim Stevenson

either the Victorian age and the past due 20th century are usually characterized through contemporaries as instances of obvious monetary affluence and balance. they can be depicted as sessions that shared a conviction that the steadiness of society, together with its affluence, used to be threatened by way of the actions of social deviants. those essays target to check crime of a socially seen nature, within the context of social panic and ethical outrage in either the Victorian interval and the past due 20th century. via a chain of interconnected case reports, exploring the social and criminal responses to such offences and their public presentation via well known reporting and the court docket process, a chain of obvious continuities in addition to discontinuities are highlighted within the making of laws. The leading edge procedure taken by way of the editors and members to ideas of crime and undesirable behaviour, make this crucial studying for teachers and practitioners. The interdisciplinary concentration of the ebook permits it to find the felony tactics and procedure firmly in the socio-cultural context, rather than studying it as a discrete sector of person examine, making this article important to paintings in legislations, criminology and social coverage, and history.

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