Policing the Victorian Community: The Formation of English Provincial Police Forces, 1856-80, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Policing the Victorian Community

The Formation of English Provincial Police Forces, 1856-80, 1st Edition

Edited by Carolyn Steedman


226 pages

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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.

Table of Contents

Preface; Acknowledgments; Abbreviations; Introduction; Part 1: Government and Policing; 1. Government and Policing; Part 2: Men and Policemen; 2. Making a County Force 3. Origins 4. Becoming a Policeman 5. A Policeman’s Life 6. An Entirely New Situation 7. Security: The Campaign for Police Pension Rights 8. Identity 9. Possibilities: The Example of the Licensing Laws 10. Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography and Sources; Index

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Routledge Library Editions: The History of Crime and Punishment

This set reissues ten books that explore the history of crime and punishment. The titles, which were originally published between 1970 and 1988, examine many different aspects of historical criminology over a span of over 400 years, with particular focus on the nineteenth-century. This set will be of particular interest to students of both history and criminology.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain
HISTORY / Social History