This book offers an assessment of Barbara Wootton’s legacy as a pioneering public criminologist. Barbara Wootton (1897-1988) was a leading British social scientist, magistrate, academic and public servant. She was also a life peer (Baroness Wootton of Abinger) and the first woman to sit on the Woolsack in the House of Lords as Deputy Speaker. One of the Royal Commissions on which she served was on the Penal System, (1964) and two of the Departmental Committees were on the Business of the Criminal Courts (1958) and Criminal Statistics (1963). Of her written work perhaps the most famous is `Social Science and Social Pathology` (published in 1959) which was an attempt to discover what the social sciences had to say about criminality, its causes and its social effects.
This book examines her career in historical context, and her contribution to thinking and scholarship on a range of topics. These topics range from the courts and the penal system and her report on the Community Service Order, to crime and criminal law and her analysis of the notions of mens rea, to her work on psychiatry and criminal justice. It explores her contribution as a utilitarian critic in Criminology, within the British empiricist tradition.
Written in a clear and direct style, this book will appeal to students and scholars of criminology, sociology, criminal justice, law and all those interested in learning more about Barbara’s life and times.
Table of Contents
1.Barbara Wootton; her life and times 2.Social Pathology, the Courts and the Penal System 3.Crime and the Criminal Law 4.Social Work, Psychiatry and Criminal Justice 5.An Assessment
Philip Bean was formerly a probation officer in the Inner London Probation and After Care Service (until 1970) before taking up appointments for the Medical Research Council. He was Secretary and later President of the British Society of Criminology, and an Associate of the General Medical Council sitting on their Fitness to Practice and Health panels. He is now Emeritus Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Loughborough. He is the Author/Editor of over 30 books and of numerous papers in learned journals mainly on Mental Disorder, Crime and Drugs.