Women, Crime, and Custody in Victorian England

Women, Crime, and Custody in Victorian England

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This book explores how the Victorians perceived and explained female crime, and how they responded to it--both in penal theory and prison practice. Victorian England women made up a far larger proportion of those known to be involved in crime than they do today: the nature of female criminality attracted considerable attention and preoccupied those trying to provide for women within the penal system. Zedner's rigorously researched study examines the extent to which gender-based ideologies influenced attitudes to female criminality. She charts the shift from the moral analyses dominant in the mid-nineteenth century to the interpretation of criminality as biological or psychological disorder prevalent later. Using a wide variety of sources--including prison regulations, diaries, letters, punishment books, grievances and appeals--Zedner explores both penological theory and the realities of prison life.GLRO A/LWC/1. London Diocesan Council for Penitentiary, ... HM Youth Custody Centre, Aylesbury Aylesbury State Inebriate Reformatory Minute Book (1903- 1917) (by permission of the Governor). London School of Economics and Politicalanbsp;...

Title:Women, Crime, and Custody in Victorian England
Author:Lucia Zedner
Publisher:Oxford University Press on Demand - 1991


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