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Women, old age and imprisonment in Victoria, Australia 1860-1920


Nagy, VM, Women, old age and imprisonment in Victoria, Australia 1860-1920, Women and Criminal Justice, 30 pp. 155-171. ISSN 0897-4454 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/08974454.2019.1631941


Older and elderly women predominantly appear in criminological literature as victims of crime. However, a not insignificant portion of those imprisoned, both past and present, were women aged more than 50 years. Even so, research into older and elderly imprisoned women is lacking, in Australia and around the world. Historical prisoner records offer a possibility for beginning to rectify the lack of knowledge about this cohort. Using the Central Register of Female Prisoners from Victoria across a six-decade period from 1860 to 1920 the historical contextualization of older women as prisoners can begin and this article presents the findings of the analysis of the 652 prison records of older women. As this article argues, feminist historical criminology offers an opportunity to shine light on those women who have been made invisible in historical records.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:19th century, Australia, female offenders, imprisonment, quantitative analysis, Victoria
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Criminology
Research Field:Criminology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Criminal justice
UTAS Author:Nagy, VM (Dr Vicky Nagy)
ID Code:133402
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Sociology and Criminology
Deposited On:2019-06-26
Last Modified:2021-04-06
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