Women Who Kill Men: California Courts, Gender, and the Press (BOK)

Gordon Morris Bakken, Brenda Farrington

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The late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries were a revolutionary period in the lives of women and the shifting perceptions of women and their role in society were equally apparent in the courtroom. Women Who Kill Men examines eighteen sensational cases of women on trial for murder from 1870 to 1958.

The fascinating details of these murder trials documented in court records and embellished newspaper coverage mirrored the changing public image of women. Although murder was clearly outside the norm for standard female behaviour most women and their attorneys relied on gendered stereotypes and language to create their defence and sometimes to leverage their status in a patriarchal system. Those who could successfully dress and act the part of the victim were most often able to win the sympathies of the jury. Gender mattered. And though the norms shifted over time the press attorneys and juries were all informed by contemporary gender stereotypes.


Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Heftet
Utgitt 2013 Forfatter Brenda Farrington, Gordon Morris Bakken
Combined Academic Publishers
ISBN 9780803245440
Antall sider 296 Dimensjoner 15,2cm x 22,9cm x 2,3cm
Vekt 386 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Press & journalism, Criminal law & procedure, Gender studies: women