Historical criminology and the imprisonment of women in 19th-century Malta

@article{Knepper2010HistoricalCA,
  title={Historical criminology and the imprisonment of women in 19th-century Malta},
  author={P. Knepper and Sandra Scicluna},
  journal={Theoretical Criminology},
  year={2010},
  volume={14},
  pages={407 - 424}
}
For many criminologists, theory matters more than evidence in historical studies. But can historical criminology really proceed on this basis? In this article, we argue for the importance of primary research, that is, analysis of documents that originate in the period of interest. Using examples from archived documents in a study of women imprisoned in Malta during the 19th century, we address four issues related to history and theory: gaining perspective from unfamiliar places, finding the… Expand
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