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Title: Child on child killing : societal and legal similarities and dissimilarities, 1840-1890 and 1950-2000
Author: Pegg, Samantha
Awarding Body: Nottingham Trent University
Current Institution: Nottingham Trent University
Date of Award: 2007
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This thesis contributes to research regarding social perceptions and legal responses to child criminality. It challenges existing preconceptions regarding the predictability of moral panic in such cases and the social perceptions of, and legal responses to, acts of cliild on child killing. It also chalenges the efficacy of the moral panic model in successfully explicating the rise of moral panic. An in-depth study of two case examples, the Bulger case 1993 and the Burgess case 1861 is undertaken through the theoretical framework of the moral panic model. In order to estabhsh conceptualisations of cluldren at the time they are subsumed witliin the model an examination of tlie place of the child in socio-legal, crhninological and historical discourse is undertaken to ascertain die dominant ideologies upon which the model has drawn. Resultantly, the rhetoric which has emerged from contemporary understandings of childhood, child victimisation and the child as threat is seen to fundamentally hnpact upon social receptions and legal responses to incidences of child on cluld killing. By undertaldng a cross-historical interdisciplinary study diis thesis addresses social and legal facets commonly overlooked in strict applications of moral panic theory. In doing such it allows episodes of child on cluld killing that have not resulted in moral panic to be explained in hght of the social and legal factors that have contributed to tliis nonemergence, rather than dismissing non-emergence on the grounds of press disinterest or ineffective mobilisation of tire moral panic luodel. The thesis then establishes that those factors the luoral panic model is too rigid to accomiuodate: constructions of childhood, sentencing rationales and excusatory and justificatory rhetoric are those which ultimately dictate whether an incident of child on child killing will result in moral panic.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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