Child Sexual Abuse In Victorian England

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Child Sexual Abuse in Victorian England is the first detailed investigation of the way that child abuse was discovered, debated, diagnosed and dealt with in the Victorian and Edwardian periods.
The focus is placed on the child and his or her experience of court procedure and welfare practice, thereby providing a unique and important evaluation of the treatment of children in the courtroom. Through a series of case studies, including analyses of the criminal courts, the author ...

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Overview

Child Sexual Abuse in Victorian England is the first detailed investigation of the way that child abuse was discovered, debated, diagnosed and dealt with in the Victorian and Edwardian periods.
The focus is placed on the child and his or her experience of court procedure and welfare practice, thereby providing a unique and important evaluation of the treatment of children in the courtroom. Through a series of case studies, including analyses of the criminal courts, the author examines the impact of legislation at grass roots level, and demonstrates why this was a formative period in the legal definition of sexual abuse. Providing a much-needed insight into Victorian attitudes, including that of Christian morality, this book makes a distinctive contribution to the history of crime, social welfare and the family. It also offers a valuable critique of current work on the history of children's homes and institutions, arguing that the inter-personal relationships of children and carers is a crucial area of study.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415226509
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/2/1999
  • Series: Women's and Gender History Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

Louise A. Jackson is a lecturer in history at Leeds Metropolitan University.

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Table of Contents

List of figures
Acknowledgements
1 Introduction: 'the children of the poor' 1
2 Family, neighbourhood and police 28
3 The child savers 51
4 Signs on the body: the medical profession 71
5 'Witnesses of truth?' Children in the courtroom 90
6 Masculinity, 'respectability' and the child abuser 107
7 Specialist homes for 'fallen' girls 132
8 Conclusion: from 'corruption' to 'neurosis'? 152
Notes 156
Further reading 193
Name index 201
Subject index 204
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