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Crime Control and Everyday Life in the Victorian City: The Police and the Public

David Churchill


This book provides the first detailed study of policing and civilian crime control in nineteenth-century England. It provides a sustained, empirically rich critique of existing accounts, which present the modern history of crime control as a process whereby the state wrested governmental power from the civilian public. According to the orthodox interpretation, the formation of new, ‘professional’ police forces in the nineteenth century is integral to the decline of an early modern, participatory, discretionary culture of self-policing, and its replacement by a modern, bureaucratic system of cr ... More

Keywords: Police, policing, governance, modernity, security, crime control, victims, community, plural policing, popular justice

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198797845
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198797845.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Churchill, author
Lecturer in Criminal Justice, University of Leeds