Serious Offenders: A Historical Study of Habitual Criminals

Hardcover | January 16, 2011

byBarry Godfrey, David Cox, Stephen Farrall

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Serious Offenders: A Historical Study of Habitual Criminals examines the persistent offending careers of men and women operating in northwest England between the 1840s and 1940s. The book focuses on a group of serious and persistent offenders who as well as offending in the region, hadlengthy offending careers spanning several decades in various other locations. These were highly mobile persistent serious offenders who appear not to have been so closely bound in to the processes and structures which aided desistence from offending for the vast majority of the petty offenders.The authors discuss questions such as: Why did some people remain minor offenders, whilst others developed into serious offenders? What were the triggers which propelled previously minor offenders towards persistent serious criminality? What part did changes in criminal legislation play in theseprocesses? They conclude by drawing on the lessons to be learnt for today's debates about the regulation and surveillance of serious habitual offenders.

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Serious Offenders: A Historical Study of Habitual Criminals examines the persistent offending careers of men and women operating in northwest England between the 1840s and 1940s. The book focuses on a group of serious and persistent offenders who as well as offending in the region, hadlengthy offending careers spanning several decades...

Professor Barry Godfrey has widely published on crime history and is the co-author of Criminal Lives: Family Life, Employment, and Offending. Dr. David Cox has a Ph.D on policing in the early 19th century, and is the co-author of Criminal Lives: Family Life, Employment, and Offending. Dr. Stephen Farrall previously worked at Centre fo...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.01 inPublished:January 16, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019959466X

ISBN - 13:9780199594665

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Author's Preface1. Serious Offenders and their Researchers2. Our Methodology3. Serious Offenders, and the Legislation that 'Produced' them4. Understanding the Evidence5. The Impact of Social and Personal Factors on Serious Offending6. Hunting Men down to Honesty and Respectability7. Making Sense of Historical and Modern Systems of Control and Surveillance