Crime and Justice since 1750

Crime and Justice since 1750

by Barry Godfrey, Paul Lawrence


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This book provides an introductory text for students taking courses in crime and criminal justice history. Chapters cover the key issues central to an understanding of the historical background to the current criminal justice system, covering the crime of murder, the emergence, establishment and development of the police, crime and criminals, criminals and victims, the courts and punishment, women and children, and surveillance and the workplace.

In addressing each of these issues and developments the authors explore a range of historiographical and criminological debates that have arisen and look at the ways in which the disciplines of criminology and history are converging.

The new edition continues its exploration of criminal justice history right through to the present day and includes a new chapter examining the links between conditions of crime and policing in the eighteenth and nineteenth century with modern day policing and crime situations. In addition to the end of chapter questions, the authors have also included web links to encourage further engagement with primary sources.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415708555
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 02/09/2015
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 212
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Barry Godfrey is Professor of Social Justice at the University of Liverpool. He has over 20 years’ experience of researching comparative criminology, with particular specialisms in longitudinal studies of crime, comparative international studies of offending and sentencing, and desistance studies. His current research focuses on the long-term impact of youth justice interventions in the period 1850—1945; and he leads the Digital Panopticon project with colleagues in Sheffield, Oxford, Sussex and Tasmania.

Paul Lawrence is Senior Lecturer in History at the Open University. His research is focused on the British police since 1750, particularly their interactions with the poor and socially excluded, police use of violence and the self-image of police officers. His current research focuses on the development of the notion of preventive policing and the evolution and legacy of the Vagrancy Act of 1824. He is currently director of the International Centre for the Study of Crime, Justice and Policing at the Open University.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Part 1: Institutions and Processes 2. The development of policing 3. The role of the ‘victim’ 4. The law and the courts 5. Punishment Part 2: Crime and Criminals 6. Violence, War and Terrorism 7. Criminal others 8. Youth crime and gangs 9. Control and Surveillance 10. Conclusion.

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