In this new textbook, Professor Clive Emsley provides an up-to-date assessment of changes in attitudes to crime as well as of the developments in policing, in the courts and in penal sanctions over the course of the century. He explores the impact of growing gender equality and ethnic diversity on crime and criminal justice, and looks at the way in which crime became increasingly central to political agendas in the last third of the century.
Written in a clear and accessible manner, the book examines:
Perceptions of crime and criminality across the century
Varieties of offending from murder to benefit fraud
The role of the media in constructing and reinforcing the understanding of crime and the criminal
The decline and demise of corporal and capital punishment
The shift from largely progressive to more punitive penal practice
The first serious attempt to explore the history of crime and criminal justice in twentieth-century England, this book will be an invaluable introduction to the student and interested general reader alike.