Women and Violent Crime in Enlightenment Scotland

Women and Violent Crime in Enlightenment Scotland

Anne-Marie Kilday


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A complete reappraisal of the scale and significance of female criminality in a period of major legislative changes.
This book offers important new insights into the relationship between crime and gender in Scotland during the Enlightenment period. Against the backdrop of significant legislative changes that fundamentally altered the face of Scots law, Dr Kilday examines contemporary attitudes towards serious offences against the person committed by women. She draws particularly on rich and varied court records to explore female criminality and judicial responses to it in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Through a series of case studies of homicide, infanticide, assault, popular disturbances and robbery, she argues that Scottish women were more predisposed to violence than their counterparts south of the border and considers how this relates to the contemporary drive to "civilise" popular behaviour and to promote a more ordered society. This book thus challenges conventional feminist interpretations that see women principally as the victims of male-controlled economies, institutions and power-structures, and calls for a major re-evaluation of the scope and significance of female criminality in this era. It will be of interest to scholars, students and those interested in the fields of gender studies, social history and the history of crime.

ANNE-MARIE KILDAY is Principal Lecturer and Head of the Department of History at Oxford Brookes University.

Table of Contents

Scottish Crime and Scottish Women: Undiscovered Voices and Undiscovered Vices?
Scots Law in the Age of Enlightenment
Popular Disturbances


Offers a threefold contribution to the historiography by adding to and consolidating knowledge about crime, Scottish social history, and the experiences of women in the eighteenth century. LIMINA

An invaluable contribution to the almost nonexistent field of Scottish criminal justice history, Women and Violent Crime in Enlightenment Scotland is also of great interest to scholars engaged in comparative histories of women, gender, and criminality. Without doubt an important addition to a growing historical literature on women and crime. JOURNAL OF BRITISH STUDIES

This study describes a fascinating phenomenon, EHR,

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