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Female Serial Killers in Social Context: Criminological Institutionalism and the Case of Mary Ann Cotton

Yardley, Elizabeth, Wilson, David

Published by Policy Press
ISBN 10: 1447326458 / ISBN 13: 9781447326458
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Title: Female Serial Killers in Social Context: ...

Publisher: Policy Press

Binding: Hardcover

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This book explores how institutions such as the family, economy and religion shaped the environment and social integration of 19th century serial killer Mary Ann Cotton. It will equip criminologists with a methodological toolkit for performing institutional analysis. Num Pages: 96 pages. BIC Classification: JHB; JKVQ. Category: (UP) Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly. Dimension: 207 x 136 x 12. Weight in Grams: 220. . 2015. Hardcover. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9781447326458

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Synopsis: Attempts to understand serial murder tend to be focused on individual cases rather than the social context in which they occurred. This book departs from that approach, taking up the case of nineteenth-century serial killer Mary Ann Cotton and setting it in its full social context. Drawing from records of Cotton?s court appearances, local histories, and newspaper articles, it shows how institutions such as the family, economy, and religion shaped the environment she inhabited. While not denying the singularity of individuals who commit serial murder, the authors nonetheless make a powerful case for the influence and effects of society on their actions.

About the Author: Elizabeth Yardley is a reader in criminology and director of the Centre for Applied Criminology at Birmingham City University. David Wilson is professor of criminology at Birmingham City University and the founding director of the Centre for Applied Criminology.

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