Crime and Society in Twentieth-Century England

Emsley, Clive (2011). Crime and Society in Twentieth-Century England. Harlow: Longman/Pearson.



This is the first serious attempt to explore the history of crime and criminal justice in twentieth-century England. It traces the broad pattern of criminal offending over the hundred year period that experienced unprecedented levels of upheaval and change including two world wars, the end of empire, significant shifts in gender relations and ethnic mix, and a decline in the power of the economy. The book assesses th chnges in attitudes towards crime as well as developments in policing, in the courts and penal sanctions. It explores the impact of gender equality and ethnic diversity on crime and criminal justice, and looks at the way in which, over the last third of the century, crime became increasingly central to political agendas.

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