Policing the Victorian Community: The Formation of English Provincial Police Forces, 1856-80

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CAROLYN STEEDMAN
Routledge, Aug 27, 2015 - History - 230 pages

The year 1856 saw the first compulsory Police Act in England (and Wales). Over the next thirty years a class society came to be policed by a largely working-class police. This book, first published in 1984, traces the process by which men made themselves into policemen, translating ideas about work and servitude, about local government and local community, servitude and the ideologies of law and central government, into sets of personal beliefs.

By tracing the evolution of a policed society through the agency of local police forces, the book illustrates the ways in which a society, at many levels and from many perspectives, understood itself to operate, and the ways in which ownership, servitude, obligation, and the reciprocality of social relations manifested themselves in different communities. This title will be of interest to students of criminology and history.

 

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Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction
PART ONE GOVERNMENT AND POLICING 1 Government and policing
Legislation
models and theories
soldiers and policemen
iii
The police and the vagrant poor
xxi
Ratepaying as theory
xxiv
PART TWO MEN AND POLICEMEN
xxix
Making a county force
xxxii
Origins
xliii
Becoming policeman
l
A policemans life
vii
An entirely new situation
xviii

The County and Borough Police
vi
The Home Office and the provinces
vi
the Murphy Riots
vi
The Government Inspectors of Constabulary
vi
Borough versus county
viii
The pattern of county policing
ix
The structure of county control
xvi
The rise and fall of an administrative police
xviii
the campaign for police pension rights
xxvi
on strike
xxxiii
The trade of policeman
xxxviii
Good and faithful servants
xl
the example of the licencing laws
9
Conclusion
10
Notes Bibliography and sources
12

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