26 March 2020

BOOK: Kate BATES, Crime, Broadsides and Social Change, 1800-1850 (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020). ISBN 978-1-137-59789-2, 63,59 EUR

(Source: Palgrave)

Palgrave is publishing a book on the form, function and meaning of crime and execution broadsides printed in nineteenth-century Britain.


This book explores the form, function and meaning of crime and execution broadsides printed in nineteenth-century Britain. By presenting a detailed discourse analysis of 650 broadsides printed across Britain between the years 1800-1850, this book provides a unique and alternative interpretation as to their narratives of crime. This criminological interpretation is based upon the social theories of Emile Durkheim, who recognised the higher utility of crime and punishment as being one of social integration and the preservation of moral boundaries. The central aim of this book is to show that broadsides relating to crime and punishment served as a form of moral communication for the masses and that they are examples of how the working class once attempted to bolster a sense of stability and community, during the transitional years of the early nineteenth century, by effectively representing both a consolidation and celebration of their core values and beliefs. 


Kate Bates is Senior Lecturer in Criminal Justice at Liverpool John Moores University, UK. She has extensive experience of criminal justice, having served as both a police officer and a civilian caseworker investigating police complaints, and has also served as a panel member for Children’s Hearings Scotland.


Introduction: The Broadside Enigma and Its Historical Development
Pages 1-16
Broadsides as Sources: A Methodological Discussion and Overview of Key Findings
Pages 17-40
A ‘Barbarous’ Trade: Early-Nineteenth-Century Broadsides in Social and Historical Context
Pages 41-86
 ‘A Full and Particular Account’: Representations of Morality and Justice in Broadside Discourse
Pages 87-147
Collective Representations: A Durkheimian Interpretation of Crime Broadsides
Pages 149-186
Ballads of Blood: The Form and Function of Crime Narratives
Conclusion: The Social Significance of Crime Broadsides—Bonding Not Binding
Pages 231-238

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