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Policing the Factory : Theft, Private Policing and the Law in Modern England.

Author: Barry Godfrey; David J Cox
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury Pub., 2013.
Series: History of crime, deviance and punishment series.
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Policing the Factory describes the operation of the Bank of England police, the Post Office police, and various other private policing agencies, employed to track down and prosecute workplace offenders. The authors focus in particular on the Worsted Committee and their Inspectors, who, between 1777 and 1968, prosecuted thousands of workers in the north of England for taking home workplace scraps, or wasting their  Read more...
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Godfrey, Barry.
Policing the Factory : Theft, Private Policing and the Law in Modern England.
London : Bloomsbury Publishing, ©2013
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Barry Godfrey; David J Cox
ISBN: 9781441152527 1441152520
OCLC Number: 828793585
Description: 1 online resource (225 pages).
Contents: Title Page; Copyright Page; Contents; Acknowledgements; Foreword; List of Abbreviations; Chapter 1 Introduction; Background: Workplace appropriation in the factory system; Definition of 'workplace appropriation'; Workplace appropriation --
the historiographical debate; Rationale; The worsted acts and workplace appropriation; The Worsted Inspectorate; Structure; Chapter 2 Customary 'Rights' and Workplace 'Theft'; Workplace appropriation and the law; Criminal or civil legislation?; Problems of interpretation; Conclusion; Chapter 3 Why Take the Risk? Workplace Appropriation: Motivation and Method. Crime and economic cyclesFluctuating trade conditions; Poverty as motivation for workplace appropriation; Poverty, prosperity and prosecution policy; Gender differences; Methods of appropriation; What was taken?; The agents of disposal; The campaign against professional receivers; Conclusion; Chapter 4 The Construction of a Disciplined and Ordered World: Methods by which Employers Attempted to Combat Workplace Appropriation; Authority structures within the factory; The control of time; Tackling 'wilful' damage; The internal control of workplace theft. Factory laws and the contract of employmentThe use of master and servant legislation in the West Riding textile districts; Detection and punishment; Decrying 'character' and constructing 'blacklists'; Mediating discipline; Collusion, self-preservation and respectability; Chapter 5 Private Policing in the Industrial Age; The Worsted Committee; The quality of the service; Conclusion; Chapter 6 Policing without the Inspectorate? The Changing Role of the Worsted Committee 1853-1968; Relations between the police and the Worsted Inspectors. The fracturing of collective security and the emergence of selective securityThe re-birth of policing by committee; Relations between capital and labour, 1870-80; Effects of the Worsted Committee on public policing; Conclusion; Chapter 7 Sentencing and Punishment in Worstedopolis; The principle of judicial impartiality; The social and occupational structure of West Riding magistrates, 1840-80; Perceptions of judicial partiality in West Riding in the nineteenth century; The impact of judicial bias; Judicial bias against workplace appropriators; The personal costs of conviction. Chapter 8 Changing Notions of Customary Right, Morality and Control in the Factory SystemThe effectiveness of control --
did the factory eradicate workplace appropriation?; The social meaning of workplace appropriation and the Worsted Acts; The factory, discipline, surveillance and power; Chapter 9 Conclusion; Glossary of Technical Terms; Bibliography; Index.
Series Title: History of crime, deviance and punishment series.

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Describes the origins of employers' police agencies that operated in nineteenth and twentieth century England and how they interacted with other police agencies.  Read more...

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