On the Receiving End: Women and Stolen Goods in London 1783‐1815
Author: Callahan, Kathy
Source: The London Journal, Volume 37, Number 2, July 2012 , pp. 106-121(16)
Publisher: Maney Publishing
Abstract:If women in London in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries sought the perfect crime in which to participate, selecting receiving stolen goods provided excellent opportunities for profit and little chance of punishment. Low conviction rates, combined with the fact that no behaviour outside of gendered expectations was required in its commission, made dealing in stolen goods relatively easy for women in the metropolis. Although this particular offence has not been deeply analysed by historians of crime, its commission did alarm contemporaries, including members of the legal community and social commentators. This paper explores accusations against females in London for receiving, as well as the important roles that familial relationships and work played in their indictments for the crime.
Document Type: Original Article
Affiliations: Murray State University, Kentucky, USA
Publication date: July 2012