Criminalisation of squatting: Scottish lessons?

Holligan, Bonnie (2015) Criminalisation of squatting: Scottish lessons? In: Fox O'Mahony, Lorna, O'Mahony, David and Hickey, Robin (eds.) Moral rhetoric and the criminalisation of squatting: vulnerable demons? Routledge, Abingdon. ISBN 9780415740616

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Abstract

“Squatting” has long been a criminal offence in Scotland, with the relevant legislation dating back to Trespass (Scotland) Act 1865. This chapter considers the historical origins of the criminalisation of squatting in Scotland, connecting the concerns about mobile and marginalised populations which led to the enactment of the 1865 Act to the politics of squatting and homelessness today. Through investigation of archive sources, the chapter maps the extent and circumstances of the Act’s past use by police and raises concerns about the impact of criminal penalties on today’s marginalised populations.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: property; trespass; crime; squatting; Scotland; history
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Law
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > HV6001 Criminology > HV6251 Crimes and offences
K Law > K Law in General. Comparative and uniform Law. Jurisprudence > K0140 History of Law
K Law > KD Law of the United Kingdom and Ireland > KDC Scotland
Depositing User: Bonnie Holligan
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2014 15:24
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2015 13:54
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/50789

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