Feminized Justice

Feminized Justice : The Toronto Women's Court, 1913-34

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It will appeal to general readers and scholars of history, law, women's studies, and sociology.
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  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 159 x 235 x 12.7mm | 360g
  • Vancouver, Canada
  • English
  • 0774817127
  • 9780774817127

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Reconstructed from case files and newspaper accounts, this engrossing portrait of the trials and tribulations that accompanied an early experiment in feminized justice sheds new light on maternal feminist politics, women and crime, and the role of resistance, agency, and experience in the criminal justice system.
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Table of contents


1 The Toronto Women's Police Court as an Institution

2 Feminism, Moral Equality, and the Criminal Law: The Women's Court as Feminized Justice

3 "The badness of their badness when they're bad": Women, Crime, and the Court

4 "What chance is there for a girl?" Vagrancy and Theft Charges in the Women's Court

5 "Up again, Jenny?" Repeat Offenders in the Women's Court

6 "Can her justice be just?" Margaret Patterson, Male Critics, and Female Criminals, 1922-34




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Glassbeek's book is an important addition to feminist colloquy as well as feminist inquiry...[a] comprehensive and insightful explanation of how and why a path paved with good intentions became a dead end. -- Judith A. Baer, Texas A&M University * Law and Politics Book Review, Vol 20, No 7 *
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About Dr. Amanda Glasbeek

Amanda Glasbeek is an assistant professor of criminology in the Department of Social Science at York University.
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