‘In his passionate way’: emotion, race and gender in cases of partner-murder in England and Wales, 1900-39

Seal, Lizzie and Neale, Alexa (2020) ‘In his passionate way’: emotion, race and gender in cases of partner-murder in England and Wales, 1900-39. British Journal of Criminology, 60 (4). pp. 811-829. ISSN 1464-3529

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Abstract

This article examines 10 capital cases of men of colour sentenced to death in England and Wales for intimate murders of white British women during 1900–39. It argues that such cases enable analysis of the prevailing emotional norms of this era and the ways in which these were shaped by race, gender and class. Perceptions of intimate relationships as legitimate or illegitimate—judgments about who should feel what about whom—‘is’ related to understandings of citizenship. In revealing the emotional norms at play in cases of murder, it is possible to illustrate how the criminal justice system governed through emotion.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Murder; Capital Punishment; Race; Gender; Historical Criminology
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 > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > HV6001 Criminology
Depositing User: Lizzie Seal
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2019 08:26
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2021 14:00
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/88886

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Race, Racialisation and the Death Penalty in England and Wales, 1900-65G2062LEVERHULME TRUSTRPG-2016-352