Criminal Conversations: Victorian Crimes, Social Panic, and Moral Outrage

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Judith Rowbotham, Kim Stevenson
Ohio State University Press, 2005 - Social Science - 318 pages
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"The essays in this book set out to explore the ways in which Victorians used newspapers to identify the causes of bad behavior and its impacts, and the ways in which they tried to "distance" criminals and those guilty of "bad" behavior from the ordinary members of society, including identification of them as different according to race of sexual orientation. It also explores how threats from within "normal" society were depicted and the panic that issues like "baby-farming" caused." "Victorian alarm was about crimes and bad behavior which they saw as new or unique to their period - but which were not new then and which, in slightly different dress, are still causing panic today. What is striking about the essays in this collection are the ways in which they echo contemporary concerns about crime and bad behavior, including panics about "new" types of crime. This has implications for modern understandings of how society needs to understand crime, demonstrating that while there are changes over time, there are also important continuities."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
  

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Contents

Acknowledgments
vii
List of Illustrations
ix
List of Tables
x
List of Abbreviations
xi
Table of Cases
xiii
Table of Statutes
xv
Contributors
xvii
Introduction
xxi
Behaving Badly? Irish Migrants and Crime in the Victorian City
106
Striking at Sodom and Gomorrah The Medicalization of Male Homosexuality and Its Relation to the Law
126
A Mania for Suspicion Poisoning Science and the Law
140
A Little of What You Fancy Does You Harm with Apologies to Marie Lloyd
157
The Eloquent Corpse Gender Probity and Bodily Integrity in Victorian Domestic Murder
181
SheButchers BabyDroppers BabySweaters and BabyFarmers
198
Sex Wives and Prostitutes Debating Clarence
215
Crimes of Moral Outrage Victorian Encryptions of Sexual Violence
232

Beyond the Bounds of Respectable Society The Dangerous Classes in Victorian and Edwardian England
3
The Press and the Public Visibility of NineteenthCentury Criminal Children
23
Religion Rural Society and Moral Panic in MidVictorian England
40
A Victorian Financial Crisis The Scandalous Implications of the Case of Overend Gurney
55
Larceny Debating the Boundless Region of Dishonesty
70
Criminal Savages? Or Civilizing the Legal Process
91
Kicked Beaten Jumped On until They Are Crushed All under Mans Wing and Protection The Victorian Dilemma with Domestic Violence
247
Epilogue
267
Appendix
273
Selected Further Reading
301
Index
305
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