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


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Nagy, V ORCID: 0000-0002-2041-1080 2020 , 'Women, old age and imprisonment in Victoria, Australia 1860-1920' , Women and Criminal Justice, vol. 30 , 155–171 , doi: 10.1080/08974454.2019.1631941.

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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.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Nagy, V
Keywords: 19th century, Australia, female offenders, imprisonment, quantitative analysis, Victoria
Journal or Publication Title: Women and Criminal Justice
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 0897-4454
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/08974454.2019.1631941
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Copyright 2019 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Women & Criminal Justice on 30/06/2019, available online:

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