Criminal Law and Colonial Subject

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April 2002



This book explores the relationship of a colonial people with English law and looks at the way in which the practice of law developed among the ordinary population. Paula Jane Byrne traces the boundaries among property, sexuality and violence, drawing from court records, dispositions and proceedings. She asks: What did ordinary people understand by guilt, suspicion, evidence and the term "offense"? She illuminates the values and beliefs of the emerging colonial consciousness and the complexity of power relations in the colony. The book reconstructs the legal process with great tetail and richness and is able to evoke the everyday lives of people in the colonial NSW.


Author's note; Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; List of figures; List of tables; 1. Introduction; Part I. Law and the Person: 2. Labour; 3. The house; 4. The body; Part II. Offence in the Wilderness: 5. The creation of bushranging; Part III. Suspicious Characters: Police and People: 6. The structure and style of policing; 7. Popular use of law; Part IV. The Court Room: 8. Deciding what was good and bad; 9. Conclusion; Appendix; Bibliography; Index.


'Philip Davis and Joe Byrne inject life into the statistical bare bones of sectoral balance sheets. These stock data give a current picture of the accumulated flows (deficits/surpluses) of bygone years, and of their financing patterns. In turn, knowledge of this changing history, and of the current stock position, gives the authors an excellent platform for discerning likely future financial trends, including a discussion whether bank-based (Continental Europe and Japan) and market-based systems (Anglo-Saxon countries) are likely to converge. Questions about the nature, and relevance, of differences in financial structures are perennial. Those concerned with such issues will find this book a 'must buy'.' Charles Goodhart, LSE and Bank of England
EAN: 9780521522946
ISBN: 0521522943
Untertitel: 'Studies in Australian History'. Revised. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: April 2002
Seitenanzahl: 316 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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