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Night Raiders: Burglary and the Making of Modern Urban Life in London, 1860-1968

Eloise Moss

Abstract

Night Raiders: Burglary and the Making of Modern Urban Life in London, 1860–1968 is the first history of burglary in modern Britain. Until 1968, burglary was defined in law as occurring only between the ‘night-time’ hours of nine p.m. and six a.m. in residential buildings. Time and space gave burglary a unique cloak of terror, since burglars’ victims were likely to be in the bedroom, asleep and unawares, when the intruder crept in, prowling near them in the darkness. Yet fear sometimes gave way to sexual fantasy. Eroticized visions of handsome young thieves sneaking around the boudoirs of beau ... More

Keywords: burglary, London, crime, gender, urban space, media, policing, consumerism, night-time, home

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198840381
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198840381.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eloise Moss, author
Lecturer in Modern British History, University of Manchester