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Sources of public response to the death penalty in Britain, 1930-65


This article is adapted from a presentation given at Sources and Methods in Criminology and Criminal Justice, a workshop on sources and methods in socio-legal research held at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies in November 2015. It explores the selection of qualitative sources for a project that aimed to uncover public responses to capital punishment in the mid twentieth-century. I discuss which sources were selected and consider their strengths and weaknesses. I conclude that the particular sources chosen as data can, in themselves, help to shape researchers’ thinking about their findings.

Seal, Lizzie (2016) Sources of public response to the death penalty in Britain, 1930-65. Legal Information Management, 16 (2). pp. 91-94. ISSN 1472-6696


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Additional Information: This is a pre-print of an article which will be published in Legal Information Management in 2016. It has been developed by the author (Dr Lizzie Seal, Senior Lecturer in Sociology/Criminology, University of Sussex) from a paper given at “Sources and Methods in Criminology and Criminal Justice: a national socio-legal training day” at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies on Friday 20 November 2015. The workshop was jointly organised by the British Library, the British Society of Criminology, the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies and the Socio-Legal Studies Association.
Subjects: Law
Keywords: public response, historical sources, death penalty, capital punishment
Divisions: Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
Collections: IALS Socio-legal research
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DOI: 10.1017/S1472669616000220
URI: http://sas-space.sas.ac.uk/id/eprint/6338
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