Race, gender and bourgeois respectability: the execution of Percy Clifford, 1914

Seal, Lizzie and Neale, Alexa (2018) Race, gender and bourgeois respectability: the execution of Percy Clifford, 1914. Irish Jurist, 60. pp. 144-153. ISSN 0021-1273

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This article is a microhistory of the capital case of Percy Clifford, a man of colour who was hanged for the murder of his wife Maud in England in 1914. It examines both what this case reveals about his life as a man of colour in Edwardian England and the racialised ways in which he was portrayed in the criminal justice system. It argues that understandings of bourgeois respectability, which were interwoven with notions of race, gender, class and sexuality, were significant to how the case was portrayed and interpreted.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Microhistory; execution; Gender; Murder; Race
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Sociology
Research Centres and Groups: Crime Research Centre
Sussex Rights and Justice Research Centre
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > HV6001 Criminology
Depositing User: Alexa Hannah Leah Neale
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2018 15:14
Last Modified: 23 Nov 2018 13:19
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/80231

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