Informal Justice in England and Wales, 1760–1914
The Courts of Popular Opinion
Examining ‘unofficial justice as visited upon malefactors by the collective actions of private citizens’, Stephen Banks gives a scholarly account of public shaming rituals, or ‘rough music’, and the punishments imposed for crimes such as wife-beating or informing.
From beyond the ‘Dangerous Site Keep Out’ signs, Matthew Emmett’s photographs show us abandoned buildings and factories, rusting blast furnaces and defunct power stations – very different structures, but sharing the quiet and stillness of abandonment. Accompanying Emmett’s photographic essays are the stories of the 24 sites, among them a ruined castle in north Wales, a cooling tower in Belgium, the disused Box and Spring quarries near Corsham, Wiltshire, and the vast National Gas Turbine Establishment at Fleet.