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Public Indecency in England 1857-1960

'A Serious and Growing Evil’

By David J Cox, Kim Stevenson, Candida Harris, Judith Rowbotham

Routledge – 2015 – 224 pages

Series: Routledge SOLON Explorations in Crime and Criminal Justice Histories

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Description

Throughout the nineteenth century and twentieth century, various attempts were made to define and control problematic behaviour by use of the somewhat nebulous concept of ‘indecency’ by legal and legislative means, though remarkably public indecency remains a much under-researched aspect and period of English legal and social history. In covering a period of just over a century from 1857 (the date of the passing of the first Obscene Publications Act) to 1960 (the date of the famous trial of Penguin Books over their publication of Lady Chatterley’s Lover following the introduction of a new Obscene Publications Act in the previous year), the book investigates the social and cultural obsession with various forms of indecency and how public perceptions of various types of indecent behaviour led to legal definitions of such behaviour in both common law and statute.

Name: Public Indecency in England 1857-1960: 'A Serious and Growing Evil’ (Hardback)Routledge 
Description: By David J Cox, Kim Stevenson, Candida Harris, Judith Rowbotham. Throughout the nineteenth century and twentieth century, various attempts were made to define and control problematic behaviour by use of the somewhat nebulous concept of ‘indecency’ by legal and legislative means, though remarkably...
Categories: Criminal Justice History, Historical Criminology, British History, Historical Sociology, Social & Cultural History, Legal History, Socio-Legal Studies, Historical Criminology - Criminology Law, Criminology and Criminal Justice