Female serial killers in social context: Criminological institutionalism and the case of Mary Ann Cotton

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Policy Press, Aug 26, 2015 - Social Science - 96 pages
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To date, approaches to understanding serial murder have focused on individual cases rather than the social context in which they occurred. Written by leading criminologists and world experts on serial murder, this book marks a departure by situating nineteenth century serial killer Mary Ann Cotton within the broader social structure. Using archival records of her court appearances, local histories and newspaper articles, it uniquely explores how institutions such as the family, economy and religion shaped the environment she inhabited and her social integration through the roles of wife, mother, worker and criminal. Acknowledging that it takes a particular type of individual to commit serial murder, the book shows that it also takes a particular type of society to enable that murderer to go unseen. As the first work to analyse serial murder through the theoretical framework of institutional criminology and institutional anomie theory, it will equip criminologists with a methodological toolkit for performing institutional analysis.
 

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new pathways in making sense
Development of the case study
Mary Anns social roles
An institutional understanding of Mary Ann and future
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Elizabeth Yardley is Associate Professor of Criminology and Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology at Birmingham City University. Her research explores unusual types of homicide and the social context in which these crimes occur. David Wilson is Professor of Criminology at Birmingham City University and the founding Director for the Centre for Applied Criminology. He is regarded as one of the country's leading experts on serial murder

Elizabeth Yardley is Associate Professor of Criminology and Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology at Birmingham City University. Her research explores unusual types of homicide and the social context in which these crimes occur. David Wilson is Professor of Criminology at Birmingham City University and the founding Director for the Centre for Applied Criminology. He is regarded as one of the country's leading experts on serial murder

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