Crime in England 1880-1945: The rough and the criminal, the policed and the incarcerated, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Crime in England 1880-1945

The rough and the criminal, the policed and the incarcerated, 1st Edition

By Barry Godfrey


216 pages | 30 B/W Illus.

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This book is an ambitious attempt to map the main changes in the criminal justice system in the Victorian period through to the twentieth century. Chapters include an examination of the growth and experience of imprisonment, policing, and probation services; the recording of crime in official statistics and in public memory; and the possibilities of research created by new electronic and on-line sources; an exploration of time, space and place, on crime, and the growth internationalisation and science-led approach of crime control methods in this period.

Unusually, the book presents these issues in a way which illustrates the sources of data that informs modern crime history and discusses how criminologists and historians produce theories of crime history. Consequently, there are a series of interesting and lively debates of a thematic nature which will engage historians, criminologists, and research methods specialists, as well as the undergraduates and school students that, like the author, are fascinated by crime history.

Table of Contents

1. The convict's story 2. What shall we do? 3. Statistics and the 'capturing of crime' 4. From policeman state to regulatory control 5. Talking of crime 6. An ethical conversation 7. New digital media 8. Impact 9. Time, place and space 10. New technologies of policing 11.Paperwork, networks, information, connections and theories 12. A just measure of punishment: a fair measure of reformation 13. The submerged criminal justice 'state'.

About the Author

Barry Godfrey is Professor of Social Justice at Liverpool University. He has twenty years of experience in researching comparative criminology, particularly international crime history; desistence studies; and longitudinal studies of offending.

About the Series

History of Crime in the UK and Ireland

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology