Men of Blood
Violence, Manliness, and Criminal Justice in Victorian England
By (author) Martin Joel Wiener
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Men of Blood by Martin Joel Wiener
Book DescriptionAn examination of the treatment of serious violence by men against women in nineteenth-century England. During Victoria's reign the criminal law came to punish such violence more systematically and heavily, while propagating a new, more pacific ideal of manliness. Yet this apparently progressive legal development called forth strong resistance, not only from violent men themselves but, from others who drew upon discourses of democracy, humanitarianism and patriarchy to establish sympathy with 'men of blood'. In exploring this development and the contest it generated, Professor Wiener analyzes the cultural logic underlying shifting practices in nineteenth-century courts and Whitehall, and locates competing cultural discourses in the everyday life of criminal justice. The tensions and dilemmas this book highlights are more than simply 'Victorian' ones; to an important degree they remain with us. Consequently this work speaks not only to historians and to students of gender but also to criminologists and legal theorists.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521684163
(228mm x 152mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 3-Apr-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Martin Joel Wiener
Empire on Trial, Paperback (December 2008)
This book explores interracial homicide in the British Empire during its height - examining these incidents in each of seven colonies scattered throughout the world.
English Culture and the Decline of the Industrial Spirit, 1850-1980, Hardback (September 2004)
Drawing upon a wide array of sources, Martin Wiener explores the English ambivalence to modern industrial society.
Men of Blood, Hardback (January 2004)
An examination of the treatment of serious violence by men against women in nineteenth-century England.
Reconstructing the Criminal, Paperback (August 1994)» View all books by Martin Joel Wiener
An account of changing conceptions and treatments of criminality in Victorian and Edwardian Britain.
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Author Biography - Martin Joel Wiener
Martin J. Wiener is the Mary Jones Professor of History at Rice University. His previous books include Between Two Worlds: The Political Thought of Graham Wallas (1971), English Culture and the Decline of the Industrial Spirit (1980), and Reconstructing the Criminal (1990).
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