Murders and Madness examines the French debate over crime and madness in the fin de siècle. Ruth Harris argues that psychiatric theories of human behaviour and new sociological interpretations of crime combined to undermine the traditional foundations of the penal system and helped to shape the new science of criminology. Traditional notions of free will and moral responsibility were eroded as new and often draconian strategies evolved from managerial practices developed mainly by medical men.
This book offers a detailed examination of the radical politique criminelle they devised. Through a series of case studies, she looks specifically at discussions of feminine hysteria and women's sexuality; male alcoholism and racial degeneration; crimes of passion, crowd violence and revolutionary politics.
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` a useful, compendious, suggestive, often sensitive book' Times Literary Supplement
` an intelligent and well-researched study' British Journal of Criminology
` Harris has written a useful, compendious, suggestive, often sensitive book.' Times Literary Supplement
' the book's painstaking analysis of dozens of cases from the Paris courts over the period 1880 to 1910 gives it an authoritative tone that will not easily be challenged' Medical History
' a meticulously researched study of medico-legal debates in nineteenth-century France' History Workshop Journal
Introduction; The medical approach; Medicine, law, and criminology; Legal procedures and medical intervention; Women, hysteria, and hypnotism; Female crimes of passion; Alcoholism and the working-class man; Men, honour, and crimes of passion,; Conclusion.
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Descrizione libro Oxford University Press, USA, 1991. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria SONG0198202598
Descrizione libro Clarendon Press, 1991. Paperback. Condizione libro: Brand New. 384 pages. 8.75x5.75x1.00 inches. In Stock. Codice libro della libreria zk0198202598
Descrizione libro Clarendon Press. PAPERBACK. Condizione libro: New. 0198202598 New Condition. Codice libro della libreria NEW6.0079713
Descrizione libro Oxford University Press, 1991. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0198202598