Sex Crimes in the Fifties

Lisa Featherstone, Amanda Kaladelfos
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Subjects

History

Published

18 July 2016

ISBN

9780522870176

Pages

255

Weight

432g

Size

215mm x 142mm

Subjects

History

Imprint

MUP Academic

Sex Crimes in the Fifties

Lisa Featherstone, Amanda Kaladelfos
This book examines the policing, prosecution and punishment of sexual crimes in Australia in the 1950s
The Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has given national consciousness to the problematic treatment of sexual assault in Australia's past. Yet we still have little knowledge of the policing, prosecution and punishment of sexual crimes in the past.

This book examines this history by investigating Australia in the 1950s. The 1950s has remained a decade with a nostalgic reputation for upholding the sanctity of the nuclear family.

Fewer remember that it was this same decade that saw the sharpest rise in Australian history of arrests and prosecution of sexual assault and was the origin of many of our contemporary beliefs about sexual crimes. Using transcripts of 500 trials, Sex Crimes in the Fifties examine the full range of sexual assaults that came before the court, including rape, crimes against children, homosexuality and acts of indecency, to consider the ways sexual crimes was policed and treated…
The Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has given national consciousness to the problematic treatment of sexual assault in Australia's past. Yet we still have little knowledge of the policing, prosecution and punishment of sexual crimes in the past.

This book examines this history by investigating Australia in the 1950s. The 1950s has remained a decade with a nostalgic reputation for upholding the sanctity of the nuclear family.

Fewer remember that it was this same decade that saw the sharpest rise in Australian history of arrests and prosecution of sexual assault and was the origin of many of our contemporary beliefs about sexual crimes. Using transcripts of 500 trials, Sex Crimes in the Fifties examine the full range of sexual assaults that came before the court, including rape, crimes against children, homosexuality and acts of indecency, to consider the ways sexual crimes was policed and treated, as well as the ways the wider public understood these offences.

About the author

Dr Lisa Featherstone is a Senior Lecturer in Australian History at the University of Queensland. Lisa has worked widely on the history of sexuality, including the monograph Let's Talk About Sex: Histories of Sexuality in Australia from Federation to the Pill (2011). Lisa is a Chief Investigator on the ARC DP Project 'Sexual Offences, Legal Responses, and Public Perceptions: 1880s-1980s'.

About Lisa Featherstone

Amanda Kaladelfos

Dr Amanda Kaladelfos is Research Fellow with the Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship Project 'Prosecution and the Criminal Trial in Australian History' at the Griffith Criminology Institute, Griffith University, Australia, and Chief Investigator on the ARC Discovery Project 'Sexual Offences, Legal Responses, and Public Perceptions: 1880s-1980s'. Amanda's research crosses the fields of history, law and criminology.

About Amanda Kaladelfos

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