Introduction

Robinson, Shirleene and Lincoln, Robyn (2010). Introduction. In Robyn Lincoln and Shirleene Robinson (Ed.), Crime over time: Temporal perspectives on crime and punishment in Australia (pp. ix-xvii) Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Author Robinson, Shirleene
Lincoln, Robyn
Title of chapter Introduction
Title of book Crime over time: Temporal perspectives on crime and punishment in Australia
Place of Publication Cambridge, United Kingdom
Publisher Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Publication Year 2010
Sub-type Introduction, foreword, editorial or appendix
ISBN 9781443824170
1443824178
Editor Robyn Lincoln
Shirleene Robinson
Start page ix
End page xvii
Total pages 9
Total chapters 10
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Every nation deems certain acts to be criminal and punishes offenders
according to the cultural values of the society. The study of crime and
punishment reveals much about social order, reactions to deviance and
norms.1 The topics of crime and punishment have particular importance
for Australia. It is a society whose European origins derive from the penal
policies of late eighteenth century Great Britain. Until 1868, when convict
transportation to Western Australian stopped, drawing the convict era to a
close, Australian officials were preoccupied with criminality, punishment
and the maintenance of absolute law and order. As a distinctive sense of
Australian identity developed in the late nineteenth century, law-breaking
figures, such as the bushranger Edward “Ned” Kelly, who was hanged at
the age of 25, became national icons.2 In contemporary Australia, the
fascination with criminal activity shows no signs of abating. Television
programmes such as Underbelly, which focus on notorious criminal
figures, attain top ratings, popular crime novels sell extremely well and a
number of Australian films continue to explore elements of Australia’s
criminal past. [Extract]
Q-Index Code B1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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