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Routledge SOLON Explorations in Crime and Criminal Justice Histories


About the Series

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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‘Star Men’ in English Convict Prisons, 1879-1948

‘Star Men’ in English Convict Prisons, 1879-1948

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Ben Bethell
September 27, 2022

This book tells the story of the star class, a segregated division for first offenders in English convict prisons; known informally as ‘star men’, convicts assigned to the division were identified by a red star sewn to their uniforms. ‘Star Men’ in English Convict Prisons, 1879-1948 investigates ...

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
May 30, 2022

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 ...

Child Sexual Abuse Reported by Adult Survivors Legal Responses in England and Wales, Ireland and Australia

Child Sexual Abuse Reported by Adult Survivors: Legal Responses in England and Wales, Ireland and Australia

1st Edition

By Sinéad Ring, Kate Gleeson, Kim Stevenson
April 29, 2022

Child Sexual Abuse Reported by Adult Survivors is a wide-ranging and timely critical history and analysis of legal responses to ‘historical’ or ‘non-recent’ child sexual abuse (NRCSA) in England and Wales, Ireland and Australia, each of which represents an evolving and progressive approach to this ...

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

Edited By Michele Pifferi
November 22, 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 ...

Infanticide Expert Evidence and Testimony in Child Murder Cases, 1688–1955

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

1st Edition

By Rachel Dixon
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 died from ...

Policing Suspicion Proactive Policing in London, 1780-1850

Policing Suspicion: Proactive Policing in London, 1780-1850

1st Edition

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 ...

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 ...

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