Re-negotiating the bloody code: the Gordon riots and the transformation of popular attitudes to the criminal justice system

Hitchcock, Timothy (2012) Re-negotiating the bloody code: the Gordon riots and the transformation of popular attitudes to the criminal justice system. In: Haywood, Ian and Seed, John (eds.) The Gordon riots: politics, culture and insurrection in late eighteenth-century Britain. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 185-202.

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Abstract

This chapter seeks to place the Gordon Riots in the context of the evolving relationship between the London working class and the state; and illustrate how a representative group of Londoners, the men and women tried at the Old Bailey, redefined their relationship with that particular court, and in the process with the broader criminal justice system. It will explore how a bunch of criminals and vagrants or at least defendants, could fundamentally affect the process of historical change; and how the Gordon Riots helped provide the catalyst for that change.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: riot crime london
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > History
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D204 Modern History, 1453-
D History General and Old World > DA History of Great Britain
D History General and Old World > DA History of Great Britain > DA020 England > DA040 Political, military, naval, and Air Force history. Foreign relations
D History General and Old World > DA History of Great Britain > DA020 England > DA670 Local history and description > DA675 London
Depositing User: Timothy Hitchcock
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2014 15:12
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2014 15:12
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/47677

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