A History of Infanticide in Britain, c. 1600 to the Present

Hardcover | June 14, 2013

byAnne-marie Kilday

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This work provides a detailed history of infanticide in mainland Britain from 1600 to the modern era for the very first time. It examines continuity and change in the nature and characteristics of new-born child murder in Scotland, England and Wales over a chronology of more than four centuries. Alongside offering a comparative analysis of the types of individuals suspected of the offence, and a detailed appreciation of the different ways in which the crime was carried out, the work also exposes the broad nexus of causal factors which underpinned its enactment. In addition, the work investigates the evolving attitude in social, medical and legal contexts to the killing of young infants in Britain over a substantive time period. Thus the work as a whole is both compelling and innovative as it provides the reader with much more than a mere history of infanticide. The book also contributes much to our understanding of criminal history, gender history, legal history, medical history and social history in its analyses of the different contexts allied to the offence. It does this also through its exploration of the complex characteristics of accusers, commentators and perpetrators across cultures, borders and time.

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This work provides a detailed history of infanticide in mainland Britain from 1600 to the modern era for the very first time. It examines continuity and change in the nature and characteristics of new-born child murder in Scotland, England and Wales over a chronology of more than four centuries. Alongside offering a comparative analysi...

Anne-Marie Kilday is Professor of Criminal History at Oxford Brookes University, UK. She has published on the widely on the history of violence and the history of female criminality in Britain, Europe and North America from 1600 to the present.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.81 inPublished:June 14, 2013Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230547079

ISBN - 13:9780230547070

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
1. Investigating Infanticide – An Enduring Phenomenon
2. The Archetype of Infanticide in the Early Modern Period
3. Murderous Mothers and the Extended Network of Shame
4. Monsters of Inhumanity? Methods of Infant Disposal
5. The Pendulum of Opinion: Changing Attitudes to Infanticide
6. Explaining Infanticide: Motives and Causes
7. The Modern Debate: Getting Away With Murder?
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