City of Order: Crime and Society in Halifax, 1918-35
Interwar Halifax was a city in flux, a place where citizens debated adopting new ideas and technologies but agreed on one thing -- modernity was corrupting public morality and unleashing untold social problems on their fair city.
In this context, citizens, policy makers, and officials turned to the criminal justice system to create a bulwark against further social dislocation. Officials modernized the city’s machinery of order -- courts, prisons, and the police force -- and placed greater emphasis on crime control, while residents supported tough-on-crime measures and attached little importance to rehabilitation. These initiatives gave birth to a constructed vision of a criminal class that singled out ethnic minorities, working-class men, and female and juvenile offenders as problem figures in the eternal quest for order.
Michael Boudreau’s in-depth study of crime and culture in interwar Halifax, the first of its kind, shows how tough-on-crime measures can compound, rather than resolve, social inequalities and dislocations.
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Crime the Rule of Law and Society
The SocioEconomic Contours of Interwar Halifax
2 The Machinery of Law and Order
3 The Social Perceptions of Crime and Criminals
Halifaxs Criminal Class
5 Women Crime and the Law
6 The Ethnic Dimensions of Crime and Criminals
The Supremacy of Law and Order in Halifax