Informal Justice in England and Wales, 1760-1914: The Courts of Popular Opinion

Author:   Stephen Banks
Publisher:   Boydell & Brewer Ltd
ISBN:  

9781843839408


Pages:   236
Publication Date:   21 August 2014
Format:   Hardback
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Informal Justice in England and Wales, 1760-1914: The Courts of Popular Opinion


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Shortlisted for the 2015 Katharine Briggs Award This is a study of law, wrongdoing and justice as conceived in the minds of the ordinary people of England and Wales from the later eighteenth century to the First World War. Official justice was to become increasingly centralised with declining traditional courts, emerging professional policing and a new prison estate. However, popular concepts of what was, or should be, contained within the law were often at variance with its formal written content. Communities continued to hold mock courts, stage shaming processions and burn effigies of wrongdoers. The author investigates those justice rituals, the actors, the victims andthe offences that occasioned them. He also considers the role such practices played in resistive communities trying to preserve their identity and assert their independence. Finally, whilst documenting the decline of popular justice traditions this book demonstrates that they were nevertheless important in bequeathing a powerful set of symbols and practices to the nascent labour movement. This book will be of interest to scholars and students of legalhistory and criminal justice as well as social and cultural history in what could be considered a very long nineteenth century. Stephen Banks is an associate professor in criminal law, criminal justice and legal historyat the University of Reading, co-director of the Forum for Legal and Historical Research and author of A Polite Exchange of Bullets: The Duel and the English Gentleman, 1750-1850 (The Boydell Press, 2010).

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Author:   Stephen Banks
Publisher:   Boydell & Brewer Ltd
Imprint:   The Boydell Press
Dimensions:   Width: 15.60cm , Height: 2.00cm , Length: 23.40cm
Weight:   0.564kg
ISBN:  

9781843839408


ISBN 10:   1843839407
Pages:   236
Publication Date:   21 August 2014
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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Introduction: Inventing Law and Doing Justice Law, Symbolism and Punishment Localism, Justice and the Right to Judge The Forms of Rough Music Sex, Gender and Moral Policing Defending Economic Interests Political Resistance Resistive Communities Performance and Proscription Aftermath

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An interesting drawing together of many different acts of informal justice. ARCHIVES AND RECORDS


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