The Unwritten Law: Criminal Justice in Victorian Kent by Carolyn A. ConleyThe Unwritten Law: Criminal Justice in Victorian Kent by Carolyn A. Conley

The Unwritten Law: Criminal Justice in Victorian Kent

byCarolyn A. Conley

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

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The Unwritten Law examines the values and assumptions of mid-Victorian England as revealed in the actual workings of the criminal justice system. The working definitions of criminality and justice were often influenced more by certain tacit assumptions than by the written law. Through acareful study of the ways that the status and circumstances of victims and suspects influenced judicial decisions, Conley provides important new insights into Victorian attitudes toward violence, women, children, community, and the all-important concept of respectability. She also addresses issuesthat continue to be of concern in today's society: How can equal justice be preserved when social and economic conditions and expectations are not equal? How can the rights of the accused be reconciled with those of victims--especially children? Can and should the courts interfere with thetraditions of family and community? What standards can determine the criminality of a particular act and the justice and efficacy of punishment? This original analysis will hold special interest for students and scholars of British history, social history, and criminality and the law.
Carolyn A. Conley is at University of Alabama, Birmingham.
Title:The Unwritten Law: Criminal Justice in Victorian KentFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.54 × 5.83 × 0.91 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 13:9780195063387

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"Conley's portrait is admirable for its balanced judgements....Her judgments on issues of male dominance, child abuse, oppression of the poor, and a myriad of cruelties are a blend of sympathetic understanding and just criticism, expressed in an eminently good tone."--Journal ofInterdisciplinary History