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Print Culture, Crime and Justice in 18th-Century London (History of Crime, Deviance and Punishment)by Richard M. Ward
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In the first half of the 18th century there was an explosion in the volume and variety of crime literature published in London. This was a 'golden age of writing about crime', when the older genres of criminal biographies, social policy pamphlets and 'last-dying speeches' were joined by a raft of new publications, including newspapers, periodicals, graphic prints, the Old Bailey Proceedings and the Ordinary's Account of malefactors executed at Tyburn. By the early 18th century propertied Londoners read a wider array of printed texts and images about criminal offenders - highwaymen, housebreakers, murderers, pickpockets and the like - than ever before or since.
Print Culture, Crime and Justice in 18th-Century London provides the first detailed study of crime reporting across this range of publications to explore the influence of print upon contemporary perceptions of crime and upon the making of the law and its administration in the metropolis. This historical perspective helps us to rethink the relationship between media, the public sphere and criminal justice policy in the present.
About the Author
Richard M. Ward is Research Fellow in the Centre for English Local History at the University of Leicester, UK.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: 'Little News from England, but of Robberies'
2. 'All this is not Imagination, but Matter of Fact': Contemporary Readings of Crime Literature
3. Highway Robbery 'Grows No Joke': Print Culture and Prosecution
4. The Efficacy of Empirical and Providential Detection: Print Culture and Policing
5. 'More Terror in it than Mere Hanging': Print Culture and Punishment
6. Conclusion: Constituting, as well as Reflecting, Social Realities
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