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The Resource Female criminality : infanticide, moral panics and the female body, Annie Cossins

Female criminality : infanticide, moral panics and the female body, Annie Cossins

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Female criminality : infanticide, moral panics and the female body
Title
Female criminality
Title remainder
infanticide, moral panics and the female body
Statement of responsibility
Annie Cossins
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
This book considers one of the main crimes with which women are associated, infanticide and child murder. Beginning its journey in the nineteenth century, the book interrogates the history of a little-known, widespread social crime to inform the present, interrogating the historical laws governing illegitimacy and infanticide as a form of moral regulation and the role of the sexed female body in justifying those laws. Female Criminality analyses the relationships between men and women, the working and middle classes, the medical establishment, media, and judges, juries and convicts, to extend the social utility of the moral panic concept by providing a causal foundation for the occurrence of moral panics. Crucially, it identifies that the 'folk devil', the subject of Britain's first moral panic concerning children, was a sexed body whose qualities were so monstrous and hellish that the image of the heartless, evil woman who can turn her hand to murder was cemented into public consciousness. So much so, the 'folk devil' became the favourite subject of psychiatry and other medical disciplines and was used by prosecutors to influence the (wrongful) convictions of mothers accused of multiple infant-murder. Exploring how cultural values attributed to the female body are still associated with mothers who commit infanticide and multiple infant deaths in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, this book will appeal to scholars of Criminology, Law, History and Gender Studies. --Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Cossins, Anne
Dewey number
364.152
Index
index present
LC call number
HV6541.G7
LC item number
C67 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Infanticide
  • Female offenders
  • Women
  • Moral panics
  • Crime
  • Crime
  • Female offenders
  • Infanticide
  • Moral panics
  • Women
  • Great Britain
Label
Female criminality : infanticide, moral panics and the female body, Annie Cossins
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
887848121
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
vii, 302 pages
Isbn
9781137299413
Lccn
2014038799
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)887848121
Label
Female criminality : infanticide, moral panics and the female body, Annie Cossins
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
887848121
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
vii, 302 pages
Isbn
9781137299413
Lccn
2014038799
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)887848121

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