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Routledge SOLON Explorations in Crime and Criminal Justice Histories


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This series is a collaboration between Routledge and the SOLON consortium (promoting studies in law, crime and history), to present cutting edge interdisciplinary research in crime and criminal justice history, through monographs and thematic collected editions which reflect on key issues and dilemmas in criminology and socio-legal studies by locating them within a historical dimension. The series emphasizes inspiring historical and historiographical methodological approaches to contextualise and understand current priorities and problems and aims to highlight the best, most innovative interdisciplinary work from both new and established scholars in the field, through focusing on the enduring historical resonances to current core criminological and socio-legal issues.

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Infanticide Expert Evidence and Testimony in Child Murder Cases 1688-1955

Infanticide: Expert Evidence and Testimony in Child Murder Cases 1688-1955

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Rachel Dixon-Goodall
November 19, 2021

Infanticide examines medical expert evidence in infanticide cases, focusing specifically on the shifting notion of ‘certainty’ in medical testimony.  Beginning in the early modern period and concluding in the mid-twentieth century, it considers how courts determined whether an infant has died from ...

The Limits of Criminological Positivism The Movement for Criminal Law Reform in the West, 1870-1940

The Limits of Criminological Positivism: The Movement for Criminal Law Reform in the West, 1870-1940

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Edited By Michele Pifferi
November 19, 2021

The Limits of Criminological Positivism: The Movement for Criminal Law Reform in the West, 1870-1940 presents the first major study of the limits of criminological positivism in the West and establishes the subject as a field of interest. The volume will explore those limits and bring to life the ...

Policing Suspicion Proactive Policing in London, 1780-1850

Policing Suspicion: Proactive Policing in London, 1780-1850

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Eleanor Bland
November 05, 2021

Policing Suspicion is an innovative examination of policing practices and the impact of these on patterns of arrest and prosecution in London, 1780-1850. The work establishes and defines the idea of 'proactive policing' in historical context: where police officers exercised discretion to arrest ...

Historical Perspectives on Organized Crime and Terrorism

Historical Perspectives on Organized Crime and Terrorism

1st Edition

Edited By James Windle, John F. Morrison, Aaron Winter, Andrew Silke
March 31, 2021

In recent years, in the context of the War on Terror and globalization, there has been an increased interest in terrorism and organized crime in academia, yet historical research into such phenomena is relatively scarce. This book resets the balance and emphasizes the importance of historical ...

Leading the Police A History of Chief Constables 1835–2017

Leading the Police: A History of Chief Constables 1835–2017

1st Edition

Edited By Kim Stevenson, David J. Cox, Iain Channing
March 31, 2021

In 2015 the College of Policing published its Leadership Review with specific reference to the type of leadership required to ensure that the next generation of Chief Constables and their management approach will be fit for purpose. Three key issues were highlighted as underpinning the effective ...

The Politics of Penal Reform Margery Fry and the Howard League

The Politics of Penal Reform: Margery Fry and the Howard League

1st Edition

By Anne Logan
March 31, 2021

In the context of recent media scrutiny on the state of prisons in the UK, the efficacy of incarcerating large numbers of offenders is an issue which is rising steadily up the political agenda. In 2016, the Howard League for Penal Reform – an organization that has energetically lobbied for ...

Parricide and Violence against Parents A Cross-Cultural View across Past and Present

Parricide and Violence against Parents: A Cross-Cultural View across Past and Present

1st Edition

By Marianna Muravyeva, Phillip S Shon, Raisa Maria Toivo
December 31, 2020

Parricide and Violence Against Parents takes a historical and criminological approach to the research on parricide and violence against parents, placing the research in the context of social development from the 1500s to contemporary society, and giving a global overview and comparison. The book ...

Execution Culture in Nineteenth Century Britain From Public Spectacle to Hidden Ritual

Execution Culture in Nineteenth Century Britain: From Public Spectacle to Hidden Ritual

1st Edition

Edited By Patrick Low, Helen Rutherford, Clare Sandford-Couch
November 30, 2020

This edited collection offers multi-disciplinary reflections and analysis on a variety of themes centred on nineteenth century executions in the UK, many specifically related to the fundamental change in capital punishment culture as the execution moved from the public arena to behind the prison ...

Private Security and the Modern State Historical and Comparative Perspectives

Private Security and the Modern State: Historical and Comparative Perspectives

1st Edition

Edited By David Churchill, Dolores Janiewski, Pieter Leloup
March 17, 2020

Based on extensive research in several international contexts, this volume provides a nuanced assessment of the historical evolution of private security and its fluid, contested and mutually constitutive relationship with state agencies, public policing and the criminal justice system. This book ...

Public Indecency in England 1857-1960 'A Serious and Growing Evil’

Public Indecency in England 1857-1960: 'A Serious and Growing Evil’

1st Edition

By David J. Cox, Kim Stevenson, Candida Harris, Judith Rowbotham
February 06, 2018

Throughout the nineteenth century and twentieth century, various attempts were made to define and control problematic behaviour in public by legal and legislative means through the use of a somewhat nebulous concept of ‘indecency’. Remarkably however, public indecency remains a much ...

A History of Forensic Science British beginnings in the twentieth century

A History of Forensic Science: British beginnings in the twentieth century

1st Edition

By Alison Adam
June 16, 2017

How and when did forensic science originate in the UK? This question demands our attention because our understanding of present-day forensic science is vastly enriched through gaining an appreciation of what went before. A History of Forensic Science is the first book to consider the wide spectrum ...

The Police and the Expansion of Public Order Law in Britain, 1829-2014

The Police and the Expansion of Public Order Law in Britain, 1829-2014

1st Edition

By Iain Channing
April 27, 2017

Incidences of public disorder, and the manner in which they have been suppressed, have repeatedly ignited debate on the role of policing, the effectiveness of current legislation and the implications for human rights and civil liberties. These same issues have reverberated throughout British ...

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