Bourgeois morals/public punishment England c.1750s-1860s
Violence in the penal system and the changing attitudes to it as a spectacle in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries is the primary subject of this thesis. I begin my story with the public (and usually violent) forms of punishment as they existed in the eighteenth century. I treat them as cultural phenomena which are to be understood as part of a wider context of attitudes to the body and rituals. This chapter acts as the counterpoint to the following chapters where I try to explain...[Show more]
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