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Women and Crime in Early Modern Holland (Hardcover) (Manon Van Der Heijden)

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Van der Heijden presents a study on women and crime in Dutch towns between 1600-1800. The first chapter introduces the generally low crime rate found for women and the exceptional status of Dutch women in this period, proposing socioeconomic explanations including vulnerability and independence in the highly urbanized Dutch Republic. The second chapter offers an overview of the criminal prosecution system, largely mediated by neighbor reporting and the social incentive to avoid shame or scandal. Ensuing chapters then examine records of Dutch women being prosecuted in a variety of crimes: infanticide, petty theft, violence, sexual promiscuity, resistance to authority, and sexual crimes in which the woman would be seen today as the victim. The book concludes that both the categories of crime and details of the cases support roles for vulnerability and independence in bringing more women to criminal prosecution. Annotation ©2016 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (
Number of Pages: 181.0
Genre: Social Science
Sub-Genre: History, Women
Series Title: Crime and City in History
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Brill Academic Pub
Author: Manon Van Der Heijden
Language: English
Street Date: August 19, 2016
TCIN: 51544139
UPC: 9789004314115
Item Number (DPCI): 248-23-4304

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