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Gender and punishment in Ireland

Women, murder and the death penalty, 1922-64

By Lynsey Black

Gender and punishment in Ireland
Hardcover

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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-4528-4
  • Pages: 288
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: April 2022
  • BIC Category: History, LAW / Legal History, HISTORY / Social History, HISTORY / Women, HISTORY / Europe / Ireland, Ireland, Gender & The Law, Irish History, Humanities / 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000, Humanities / Social & cultural history

Description

Gender and punishment in Ireland explores women's lethal violence in Ireland. Drawing on comprehensive archival research, including government documents, press reporting, the remnants of public opinion and the voices of the women themselves, the book contributes to the burgeoning literature on gender and punishment and women who kill. Engaging with concepts such as 'double deviance', chivalry, paternalism and 'coercive confinement', the work explores the penal landscape for offending women in postcolonial Ireland, examining in particular the role of the Catholic Church in responses to female deviance. The book is an extensive interdisciplinary treatment of women who kill in Ireland and will be useful to scholars of gender, criminology and history.

Contents

Introduction
1 Women prosecuted for murder
2 Clemency for the condemned
3 Insanity
4 Sentencing and punishment
5 Post-reprieve punishment of death-sentenced women
6 Motherhood and child-killing
7 Marriage and sexuality
8 Rural lives and class
Conclusion Women's lethal violence in Ireland

Author

Lynsey Black is Lecturer in Criminology at Maynooth University

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