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Vol 21 No 9 Sept/Oct 2016

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Binding Men: Stories About Violence and Law in Late Victorian England

ISBN13: 9781904385417
Published: March 2014
Publisher: Routledge-Cavendish
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £90.00
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Binding Men tells stories about men, violence and law in late Victorian England. It does so by focusing upon five important legal cases, all of which were binding not only upon the males involved but also upon future courts and the men who appeared before them.

The subject matter of Prince (1875), Coney (1882), Dudley and Stephens (1884), Clarence (1888) and Jackson (1891) ranged from child abduction, prize-fighting, murder and cannibalism to transmitting gonorrhoea and the capture and imprisonment of a wife by her husband.

Each case has its own chapter, depicting the events which led the protagonists into the courtroom, the legal outcome and the judicial pronouncements made to justify this, as well as exploring the broader setting in which the proceedings took place. In so doing, Binding Men describes how a particular case can be seen as being a part of attempts to legally limit male behaviour.

The book is essential reading for scholars and students of crime, criminal law, violence, and gender. It will be of interest to those working on the use of narrative in academic writing as well as legal methods. Binding Men’s subject matter and accessible style also make it a must for those with a general interest in crime, history and, in particular, male criminality.

Legal History
Masculinity, Law and History
Masticating the Male: A Recipe for Masculinity
Mary-Annes and Mollies: The Carnivalesque, Camp and Cross-Dressing
Manly Diversions, Debauchery and Disorder
Man as Master: The Realm of the Family
Robbery and Reputation: Blackmail
The Medical Man