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Sexual Forensics in Victorian and Edwardian England : Age, Crime and Consent in the Courts (Hardcover)
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In recent decades, histories of childhood, sexual crime, forensic medicine and sexuality have emerged as rich areas of historical enquiry. Sexual Forensics in Victorian and Edwardian England brings together these sub-fields of history to show the value of putting the body at the centre of histories of crime. It shows that medical testimony in cases of suspected sexual crime was grounded in ideas about sexual maturity, which was a more ambiguous and flexible concept than the legal age of sexual consent. Sexual forensics opened up space for moral questions in the courtroom, particularly around the difficult question of when a 'child' became an 'adult'. It both responded to and reinforced age-based and gendered stereotypes of victimhood. This study makes an important contribution to histories of medicine and sexuality, and helps us better to understand the roots of '****** myths' that still circulate today.
Number of Pages: 202
Genre: Medical, History
Sub-Genre: Social History, Modern / 19th Century, Forensic Medicine
Series Title: Genders and Sexualities in History
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Author: Victoria Bates
Street Date: October 29, 2015
Item Number (DPCI): 248-04-4000
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