City of Courts: Socializing Justice in Progressive Era Chicago

City of Courts: Socializing Justice in Progressive Era Chicago

by Michael Willrich
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521790824

ISBN-13: 9780521790826

Pub. Date: 03/28/2003

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

What could be more "liberal" than believing in society's responsibility for crime—that crime is less the product of free will than of poverty and other social forces beyond the individual's control? And what could be more "progressive" than the belief that the law should aim for social, not merely individual, justice? This work of social, cultural, and legal

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What could be more "liberal" than believing in society's responsibility for crime—that crime is less the product of free will than of poverty and other social forces beyond the individual's control? And what could be more "progressive" than the belief that the law should aim for social, not merely individual, justice? This work of social, cultural, and legal history uncovers the contested origins and paradoxical consequences of the two protean concepts in the cosmopolitan cities of industrial America at the turn of the twentieth century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521790826
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2003
Series:
Cambridge Historical Studies in American Law and Society Series
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.98(d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables, Figures, and Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations in Notes
Preface
1The Price of Justice3
2A Managerial Revolution29
3Rethinking Responsibility for a Social Age59
4Socializing the Law96
Interlude: Socialized Law in Action119
5"Keep Sober, Work, and Support His Family": The Court of Domestic Relations128
6"To Protect Her from the Greed as well as the Passions of Man": The Morals Court172
7"Upon the Threshold of Manhood": The Boys' Court208
8"Keep the Life Stream Pure": The Psychopathic Laboratory241
9America's First War on Crime281
Afterword313
AppArchival Sources from the Municipal Court of Chicago322
Index325

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