City of Order

City of Order : Crime and Society in Halifax, 1918-35

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This book will be of interest to social and legal historians, legal scholars and criminologists, and anyone interested in the history of Halifax.
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  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 20.32mm | 510g
  • Vancouver, Canada
  • English
  • 0774822058
  • 9780774822053

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Interwar Halifax was a city in flux, a place where citizens debatedadopting new ideas and technologies but agreed on one thing: modernitywas corrupting public morality and unleashing untold social problems ontheir fair city. To create a bulwark against further socialdislocation, citizens, policy makers, and officials modernized thecity's machinery of order -- courts, prisons, and the policeforce -- and placed greater emphasis on crime control. Thesetough-on-crime measures, Boudreau argues, did not resolve problems butrather singled out ethnic minorities, working-class men, and female andjuvenile offenders as problem figures in the eternal quest fororder.
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Table of contents


Introduction: Crime, the Rule of Law, and Society

1 A City of Order in a Time of Turmoil: The Socio-Economic Contours of Interwar Halifax

2 The Machinery of Law and Order

3 The Social Perceptions of Crime and Criminals

4 "Miscreants" and "Desperadoes": Halifax's "Criminal Class"

5 Women, Crime, and the Law

6 The Ethnic Dimensions of Crime and Criminals

Conclusion: The Supremacy of Law and Order in Halifax




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For determined popular readers as well as serious scholars, Boudreau's book is worth plowing through to acquire an in-depth understanding of crime and working-class culture in interwar Halifax. It is even more valuable as a reminder that tough-on-crime policies can actually compound rather than ease social inequalities, racial divisions and economic hardship for the most vulnerable in urban societies. -- Paul W. Bennett * The Chronicle Herald, Halifax *
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About Michael Boudreau

Michael Boudreau is an associate professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at St. Thomas University.
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