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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 1728: Crime and Deviance, III: Legalism

Thursday 4 July 2019, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Arc Humanities Press, Leeds
Organiser:Hannah Skoda, St John's College, University of Oxford
Moderator/Chair:Ephraim Shoham-Steiner, Department of History, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva
Respondent:Hannah Skoda, St John's College, University of Oxford
Paper 1728-aThe Heretic: Contingent and Commodified
(Language: English)
Ian Forrest, Oriel College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Canon Law, Lay Piety, Religious Life, Theology
Paper 1728-bAttitudes to Rape in Western Europe
(Language: English)
Gwen Seabourne, School of Law, University of Bristol
Index terms: Law, Sexuality, Social History, Women's Studies

Crime and deviance only become such when certain behaviours are thus designated. This session will examine the ways in which some behaviours and identities were categorised as criminal or deviant. It will also acknowledge the reciprocity of this process, exploring how some behaviours disrupted social orders. The focus will be upon the complex relationship between (mis)behaviours, and processes of demonization. This last session will focus on how legal discourse constructed three categories of criminal behaviour: domestic abuse, rape, and treason. The papers will study the behaviours behind these concepts, how they shaped their legal construction, and how and why legal discourse organised a variety of practices into deviant or criminal categories.