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Dr Heather Shore

Dr Heather Shore
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Dr Heather Shore


School of Cultural Studies & Humanities

0113 81 23361 H.Shore@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

About Dr Heather Shore

Heather's most recent book is London's Criminal Underworlds, c. 1720 - c. 1930: A Social and Cultural History (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).This major research monograph explores changing ideas about the criminal underworld from the early eighteenth until the early twentieth century. It builds on the research she has previously done into individual criminals and organised crime gangs, providing a framework to explore contemporary understandings of habitual and serious criminality.

Her first book, Artful Dodgers: Youth and Crime in Early Nineteenth Century London (Boydell, 1999) focussed on juvenile crime in the early nineteenth-century metropolis. The book has been very favourable reviewed and remains a key text for students studying the historical development of juvenile justice in Britain. She has also co-edited two collections of essays and published in major history journals such as Social History and Twentieth Century British History.

Current Teaching

  • Conmen and Cutpurses: Criminal Lives in the Old Bailey, c. 1672 – c. 1834 (History, Yr 3)
  • Watching the Detectives: Representations of Crime and Policing, c. 1850 to c. 1930 (English and History, Yr 2)
  • Underworlds: Representations of Crime, Police and Criminals, c. 1700 – c. 1945 (MA Social History)

Research Interests

Heather has most recently been working on a research project with crime historians Barry Godfrey (Liverpool) and Pam Cox (Essex) on the long term impact of 19th and 20th century youth justice interventions. The project uses digitised historical data to establish 'what happened next' to a large cohort of delinquent, difficult and destitute children passing through England's early youth justice systems. The project has built up a critical history of multi-agency, mixed economy and partnership working within youth justice by examining its networks of charities, local authorities and local employers. It has also raised questions about the uses of historical evidence in contemporary evidence-based policy making. Heather is currently involved with her co-researchers in the writing of a research monograph based on this project, to be published by Oxford University Press.

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