Reconstructing the Criminal
Culture, Law, and Policy in England, 1830-1914
By (author) Martin Joel Wiener
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Reconstructing the Criminal by Martin Joel Wiener
Book DescriptionThis ambitious and imaginative work interprets criminal justice history by relating it to intellectual and cultural history. Starting from the assumption that policies and statutes originate in a society's values and norms, the author skilfully and persuasively demonstrates how changes in criminal law and penal practice were related to the changing values of early, mid, and late Victorian and Edwardian society. Wiener traces changes in the criminal justice system by examining the treatment of offenders. During the Victorian period the system became more punitive and was then reformed in line with welfarist thinking. Wiener's wide-ranging discussion of issues, most notably of free will versus determinism, sheds light on a broad range of Victorian history, beyond crime and punishment.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521478823
(228mm x 152mm x 23mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 26-Aug-1994
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.
Men of Blood, Paperback (April 2006)
An examination of the treatment of serious violence by men against women in nineteenth-century England.
English Culture and the Decline of the Industrial Spirit, 1850-1980, Hardback (September 2004)» View all books by Martin Joel Wiener
Drawing upon a wide array of sources, Martin Wiener explores the English ambivalence to modern industrial society.
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