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Female Serial Killers In Social ContextCriminological institutionalism and the case of Mary Ann Cotton$
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Elizabeth Yardley and David Wilson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447326458

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447326458.001.0001

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Mary Ann’s social roles

Mary Ann’s social roles

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Female Serial Killers In Social Context

Elizabeth Yardley

David Wilson

Policy Press

This chapter presents the findings of the analysis in relation to Mary Ann Cotton’s social roles and the institutional domain in which these roles were situated. For example, in relation to the institution of the family, her roles as a wife and mother are explored and in relation to the economy, her role as a worker is analysed. All social roles and institutions are analysed within the relevant social context of nineteenth century north-east England.

Keywords:   wife, mother, worker, criminal, murderer

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