Women, Crime, and Custody in Victorian England

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Clarendon Press, 1991 - Social Science - 364 pages
This book explores how the Victorians perceived and explained female crime, and how they responded to it--both in penal theory and prison practice. Victorian England women made up a far larger proportion of those known to be involved in crime than they do today: the nature of female criminality attracted considerable attention and preoccupied those trying to provide for women within the penal system. Zedner's rigorously researched study examines the extent to which gender-based ideologies influenced attitudes to female criminality. She charts the shift from the moral analyses dominant in the mid-nineteenth century to the interpretation of criminality as biological or psychological disorder prevalent later. Using a wide variety of sources--including prison regulations, diaries, letters, punishment books, grievances and appeals--Zedner explores both penological theory and the realities of prison life.

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Lucia Zedner is Reader in Criminal Justice, Senior Law Fellow at Corpus Christi College, Oxford and an Associate Member of the Centre for Criminological Research at the University of Oxford. From 1989-94 she was a lecturer at the London School of Economics, and from 1991-94 she was also assistant
Director of the Mannheim Centre for Criminology and Criminal Justice. Andrew Ashworth QC, DCL, FBA is Vinerian Professor of English Law at the University of Oxford, and has been an Associate of the Centre for Criminological Research at the University of Oxford since 1980. He is a member of the
Sentencing Advisory Panel and of the Criminal Committee of the Judicial Studies Board.

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