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Crime and Empire 1840 - 1940

1st Edition

Edited by Barry Godfrey, Graeme Dunstall


272 pages

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This book is a major contribution to the comparative histories of crime and criminal justice, focusing on the legal regimes of the British empire during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Its overarching theme is the transformation and convergence of criminal justice systems during a period that saw a broad shift from legal pluralism to the hegemony of state law in the European world and beyond.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Carolyn Strange 1. Crime and Empire: Introduction by Graeme Dunstall and Barry S. Godfrey 2. The Changes in Policing and Penal Policy in Nineteenth-century Europe by Clive Emsley 3. Explaining the History of Punishment by John Pratt 4. Crimes of Violence, Crimes of Empire? by Mark Finnane 5. Colonialism and the Rule of Law by Julie Evans 6. Colonial History and Theories of the Present: Some Reflections upon Penal History and Theory by Mark Brown 7. Crime, the Legal Archive, and Postcolonial Histories by Cathy Colborne 8. Traces and Transmissions: Techno-scientific Symbolism in Early Twentieth-century Policing by Dean Wilson 9. The English Model? Policing in Late Nineteenth-century Tasmania by Stefan Petrow 10. The Growth of Crime and Crime Control in Developing Towns: Timaru and Crewe, 1850-1920 by Barry Godfrey and Graeme Dunstall 11. (Re)presenting Scandal: Charles Reade's Advocacy of Professionalism within the English Prison System by Sarah Anderson 12. 'Saving our Unfortunate Sisters'?: Establishing the First Separate Prison for Women in New Zealand by Anna McKenzie 13. Maori Police Personnel and the Rangitiratanga Discourse by Richard Hill 14. 'To Make the Precedent Fit the Crime': British Legal Responses to Sati in Early Nineteenth-century North India by Jane Buckingham 15. 'Everyday Life' in Boer Women's Testimonies of the Concentration Camps of the South African War, 1899-1902 by Helen Dampier 16. Codification of the Criminal Law: The Australasian Parliamentary Experience by Jeremy Finn

About the Author/Editors

Barry Godfrey is Professor of Criminology at Keele University, UK.

Graeme Dunstall is a Lecturere in History at Canterbury University, New Zealand.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology