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Female Criminality

Infanticide, Moral Panics and The Female Body

By (author) Annie Cossins
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, United Kingdom
Published: 22nd Jan 2015
Dimensions: w 140mm h 216mm d 19mm
Weight: 509g
ISBN-10: 113729941X
ISBN-13: 9781137299413
Barcode No: 9781137299413
Synopsis
This is the first book to consider the moral regulation of the female body through an analysis of the crime of infanticide. An in-depth perspective from the nineteenth century to the present, Cossins provides a revealing insight into the history of a little-known but widespread social crime.

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"Annie Cossins has written a remarkable book. In tracing the moral regulation of the female body through the lens of infanticide from the nineteenth century to the present day, this work fills an important gaps in understandings of female criminality and moral panic theory. In situating her analysis within an historical, social, and legal context, Cossins makes a robust case for the way in which sexed bodies underpin how the female criminal might be framed and understood. Any scholar interested in gender and crime would do well to read this book and consider the challenge that this sexed body approach poses for them and their work." - Sandra Walkate, University of Liverpool, UK