Background and Introduction

Emma D. Watkins is a final year PhD student at the University of Liverpool and part of the Digital Panopticon. Thesis title: The lives and criminal careers of nineteenth-century juvenile offenders.

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Emma giving a paper at the Crime Historians Conference at The University of Edinburgh 2016

Of particular interest to Emma are the lives of juvenile offenders, sentenced to transportation to Australia at the Old Bailey in the early nineteenth century. Emma uses data – linkage, using criminal and civil records, in order to carry out life-course analysis. While quantitative trends in the data are important, of equal importance are the life narratives of juvenile offenders – taking into account their crimes and punishments as well as their economic, social and familial lives.

Publications

Watkins, E D. & Godfrey, B. (in press) Criminal Children: Researching Juvenile Offenders 1820-1920, (Pen & Sword).

Watkins, E D. (2018) ‘Transported Beyond the Seas: Criminal Juveniles’, In Nineteenth Century Childhoods in Interdisciplinary and International Perspectives, Series: Childhood in the Past Vol 6 (eds.) Baxter J E. & Ellis, M. (Oxford: Oxbow).

Alker, Z. & Watkins, E D. (2018) ‘History, life course criminology and digital methods: new directions for conceptualizing juvenile justice in Europe’ In Juvenile Justice in Europe: Past, Present and Future (ed.) Goldson, B. (Oxon: Routledge).

Watkins, E D. (2018) ‘Juvenile convicts and their colonial familial lives’, The History of the Family, (Available Here)

Watkins, E D. (2017) “The Criminal Class” and “Life Course Analysis”, In Companion to Crime and Criminal Justice History (eds.) Turner, J., Taylor, T., Morley, S. & Corteen, K A. (Bristol: Policy Press).

 

Email: Emma.Watkins@liverpool.ac.uk

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2 thoughts on “Background and Introduction

  1. Hello Emma,
    I am pleased to have found your blog and will follow you on your journey.

    I am proud to be a descendant of John Press and although he was a recidivist offender, is it any wonder his life took that path. No friends, no family and the only role models the transportees he spent the first 14 years in Tasmania with.

    Kind regards…………..Noelene

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  2. Great to hear from you Noelene!

    Indeed John Press was just 10 years old when he was convicted at the Old Bailey and sentenced to transportation. And while he did carry on committing crimes, what this research also aims to it explore is his economic, social and domestic life. During a time of economic depression in the colonies John Press built a new life – married and had children. My aim is look at the whole picture, to get a rounded understanding of the lives of those in my sample.

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