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Description - Men of Blood by Martin Joel Wiener

An 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 Details

ISBN: 9780521684163
ISBN-10: 0521684161
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Pages: 316
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 3-Apr-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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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).

Books By Martin Joel Wiener

Men of Blood by Martin Joel Wiener
Hardback, January 2004
$162.00
Reconstructing the Criminal by Martin Joel Wiener
Paperback, August 1994
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