Violet van der Elst's use of spectacle and militancy in her campaign against the death penalty in England

Seal, Lizzie (2013) Violet van der Elst's use of spectacle and militancy in her campaign against the death penalty in England. Law, Crime and History, 3 (3). pp. 25-41. ISSN 2045-9238

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Abstract

Violet van der Elstvlaunched her campaign against the death penalty in the mid 1930s. She employed direct action tactics outside prisons on execution morning, such as leading the crowd in song and breaking through police cordons. These were not only designed to engage and
include the crowd that was present, but also to grab the attention of newspaper readers. Her approach to campaigning made deliberate use of spectacle and, coupled with
her direct action techniques, can be understood as a form of post-suffragette militancy. This article explores the influence of the legacy of the suffragette movement on Violet van der Elst’s style of penal activism.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Sociology
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA History of Great Britain
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HQ The Family. Marriage. Women > HQ1101 Women. Feminism
Depositing User: Lizzie Seal
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2014 12:45
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2014 12:45
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/49091
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