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NCJ Number: 151854 Find in a Library
Title: Crime, Punishment, and Protest: 1450 to the Present
Author(s): S Lee
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 112
Sponsoring Agency: Longman Group Limited
Harlow, Esses, England
Publication Number: ISBN 0-582-23931-1
Sale Source: Longman Group Limited
Longman House
Burnt Mill
Harlow, Esses,
United Kingdom
Type: Overview Text
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This textbook discusses changes in the types of crimes (crimes against persons, crimes against property, and challenges to authority) committed over the past five centuries in Britain, in theories of punishment, and in the types of punishment imposed.
Abstract: Between 1450 and 1950, crimes against authority included rebellion and treason, crimes of religion, witchcraft, and vagrancy, while property crimes generally took the form of theft and robbery, rural crimes, and smuggling. For the second period discussed, 1750-1900, the author examines the property crimes of industrialization and theft, and poaching, and crimes against authority including public order and riots, and conspiracy. Primary methods of punishment included capital punishment, imprisonment, and transportation. During this period, governments began to organize police forces to prevent crime and to apprehend criminals. For the 20th Century, this textbook discusses the property crimes of hooliganism and violence, burglary and joyriding, destruction and vandalism, and computer crimes. Challenges to authority have included active and passive protest, riots, and terrorism in Britain. Finally, the author explores changing attitudes toward punishment.
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Attitudes toward authority; Crime patterns; Crimes against persons; Great Britain/United Kingdom; History of criminal justice; Property crimes; Public Opinion of Crime; Punishment; Trend analysis
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