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Crimes and Misdemeanours: Deviance and the Law in Historical Perspective


Volume 3, No 1, March 2009
ISSN 1754-0445


Editorial: (below)

Debate Forum: Responses to Position Paper 2:
[Jackie Jones The Next Stage of Devolution? A (D)evolving Criminal Justice System for Wales Crimes and Misdemeanours (2008) 1-39]

Gavin Dingwall Resolution through Devolution, see Articles below
Dewi Llyr Jones Reasons to be Sceptical: A 'Response to the Next Stage of devolution' 1- 4


Gavin Dingwall Resolution through Devolution: Policing, Youth Justice and Imprisonment in Wales 5-19

Anna Carline Ethics and Vulnerability in Street Prostitution; An Argument in Favour of Managed Zones 20-53

Terry Stanford Who are You? We have Ways of Finding Out! Tracing the Police Development of Offender Identificiation Techniques in the Late Nineteenth Century 54-81

Loretta Trickett 'Don't Look Now' - Masculinities, Altruistic Fear and the Spectre of Self: When, Why and How Men Fear for Others 82- 108

Promoting New Research/Work in Progress:

Catherine Lewis Samuel Holberry: Chartist Conspirator or Victim of a State Conspiracy 109-124

Book Review:

Fraser Joyce: MacLeod and McLeod, Peter Manuel: Serial Killer (2009) 125-26

Conference Reports:

Third SOLON Experiencing the Law Conference

Judith Rowbotham, Experiencing the Law, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies 19-21 February 2009

War Crimes Conference

Judith Rowbotham, Lorie Charlesworth and Michael Kandiah, War Crimes, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies 19-21 February 2009 127-131
Maya Mounayer-Rigby Reflections on the SOLON War Crimes Conference 132-134

We would be delighted to add to this section any comments or reflections from any other conference participants


The first issue of the third volume of SOLON’s e-journal encapsulates the range that Crimes and Misdemeanours, as part of the overall project of the SOLON consortium, seeks to disseminate: it contains a mixture of debate pieces, articles, work in progress, conference reports – and now book reviews. As ever, we seek to ensure that there is a resonance with current dilemmas and interests. Thus we have two responses to Jackie Jones’ provocative Debate Forum piece on law in post-devolution Wales, one of which is of such reflective length that it has been incorporated into the article section. The historical dimension is particularly catered for in Terry Stanford’s article on offender identification (an interesting reflection on the evolution of current methods which is not always flattering to the current status quo) but also in the Work in Progress section, with Catherine Lewis’s challenging investigation of the legal dimensions to the case of the Chartist Samuel Holberry. It reveals how often historians fail to investigate properly the legal dimension to radicalism. The present realities are also widely addressed. Two articles, by Anna Carline and Loretta Trickett, discuss the problematic nature of present society for both individuals and the legal process. The reports on the two recent SOLON conferences also raise a number of both local and global issues. In all cases, the parameters of the usual debates around these topics are challenged by the interdisciplinary approaches used, demonstrating the range of fresh insights that result form such scholarship.
Sharp-eyed observers will observe that there was, in 2008, only one instead of the anticipated two issues: for a combination of reasons it proved impossible to publish a full issue in the autumn of last year. A decision was thus taken to ensure that the material we published was as up-to-date as possible, and so it was agreed by the Editorial Board that the most practical acknowledgement of this was to label this issue as 2009 instead of 2008. We look forward to two further full issues in 2009; at least one of which will be a special issue.

The Editorial Board
March 2009




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