Unformatted text preview: Working people and crime: moral weakness; luxury; drink; Poor: lacked morality Fear: unskilled children lured into crime Pickpockets – esp. young males London: ideal for pickpockets London: economy and the working poor Working poor: no fixed trade or skill; casual work; underemployed London: size of population and economy of casual labour Garrotting: theft by strangulation Middle and Upper-class perceptions create the criminal class? Hegemony: ascendancy or domination of one group or social class over another Dominance of middle class values in Victorian society Notion of “criminal class”: way of enforcing middle class hegemony by locating fear of crime in a specific group of the working class Allows labelling certain lower social orders as a “criminal class” who can be targeted by police...
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- Winter '08
- History, criminal class, poor Working poor, class White-collar Crime