Sex Crimes in the Fifties

Sex Crimes in the Fifties

by Lisa Featherstone, Amanda Kaladelfos


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This book examines Australia's treatment of sexual crimes in the 1950s, a decade well known for its political and social conservatism, its prudish views on morality, and its prescriptive gender roles for men and women. Fewer would know that this same decade saw soaring arrests, mounting criminal prosecutions, and intensifying public debates about how to deal with sexual offenders. Or that sexual offences on children attracted the most concentrated state attention and public concern.
Sex Crimes in the Fifties uncovers this new history by drawing on transcripts of hundreds of criminal proceedings and extensive research in criminal justice archives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780522866551
Publisher: Melbourne University Publishing
Publication date: 12/01/2016
Edition description: Main
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.27(h) x (d)

About the Author

Dr Lisa Featherstone is Senior Lecturer in Australian History at the University of Queensland. Lisa has published widely in the history of sexuality and the history of gender and medicine. Her first book, Let's Talk About Sex (2011) explores a range of sexualities in early twentieth century Australia. Her work has appeared in a range of journals, including The Journal of the History of Sexuality, Women's History Review, Australian Historical Studies and Australian Feminist Studies.

Dr Amanda Kaladelfos is an historian and Research Fellow with the ARC Laureate Fellowship Project 'Prosecution and the Criminal Trial in Australian History' at Griffith University. Amanda's research spans the fields of history, law and criminology examining intersections between justice systems and conceptions of race, gender, and sexualities. Amanda's research appears in a number of journals including Women's History Review, Journal of Australian Studies and History Australia.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii

Abbreviations xi

Introduction 1

1 Sex without consent 20

2 Teenagers 51

3 Children in the courtroom 75

4 The family 102

5 Medical doctors at trial 122

6 Outsiders 142

7 The greatest menace 160

8 'Once a sex offender, always a sex offender' 191

Conclusion 213

Appendix 221

Bibliography 228

Index 239

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