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Prosecuting women

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ISBN: 9789004424906, 2020 , 286 pag.
Brill
In the early modern period women played a prominent role in crime. At times they even made up half of all defendants. Female criminality was a typically urban phenomenon. Why do we find so many women before the Dutch criminal courts? In Prosecuting Women Ariadne Schmidt analyses the relation between female crime and the urban context by comparing prosecution patterns in various Dutch cities. Prosecuting Women looks beyond the bare figures, examines the personal circumstances of criminal women and shows how women’s illegal activities were linked to the socio-economic context of the locality and varied over time. The local interplay between crime and the responses of the authorities gave every city a specific dynamic in its pattern of prosecuted crime.

SKU: 36596
Subtitle: A comparative perspective on crime and gender before the Dutch criminal courts, c.1600-1810
Author: Schmidt, Ariadne
Year: 2020
ISBN: 9789004424906
Pages: 286
Language: English
Publisher: Brill
Publisher's city: Bedfordshire
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