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Law and Order in Sung China

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Chinese History, Literature and Institutions

  • Date Published: February 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521033718

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  • This study examines law enforcement within the context of Sung society. Professor McKnight shows that the group of criminals who were the core of the habitual criminal group in Sung China were young unattached males with few lifeskills. What became of the criminal after capture and conviction is also an important aspect of this study, which addresses basic questions in Chinese punishment. This work is the first comprehensive study of law enforcement in traditional China. The depth and rigour to which the subject is treated would make it most appropriate for scholars in legal history and East Asian studies.

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    • Date Published: February 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521033718
    • length: 576 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 36 mm
    • weight: 0.853kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures, maps and tables
    Preface
    List of abbreviations
    1. Introduction
    2. The historical context
    3. Crimes and criminals
    4. Informal and semiformal agencies of law enforcement
    5. Formal civil agencies of law enforcement
    6. The role of the military in law enforcement
    7. Supervision of law enforcement - the role of the intendants
    8. Personnel selection
    9. Urban crime and urban security
    10. The Sung penal system
    11. Jails and jailers in the Sung
    12. Penal registration
    13. The death penalty
    14. Modifications of penalties
    15. Conclusion
    Glossary
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Brian E. McKnight, University of Arizona

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