‘All in the Family’: Households and Petty Crime in Early Modern Scottish Burghs

  • Author / Creator
    Sims, Ashley J.
  • This purpose of this thesis is to examine the nature of the ‘household-family’ in early modern Scotland with particular focus on the dynamics between all members residing within the familial home. By looking at petty criminal activities in specific urban locales, this thesis will explore how families maintained bonds, achieved goals, protected reputations and resolved conflict through seemingly dysfunctional behaviour. The intention is not to focus on a particular location at a particular time in order to find a particular model that resided there. Rather, by examining the criminal actions of multiple members of a household, a unique insight into the goals, desires, aspirations and concerns of both these individuals and of the broader ‘household-family’ will be arrived at.

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  • Graduation date
    Spring 2013
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  • Degree
    Master of Arts
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    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
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  • Institution
    University of Alberta
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  • Specialization
    • History
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  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Lemire, Beverly (History & Classics)
    • Van Deusen, Natalie (Modern Language & Cultural Studies)
    • Caradonna, Jeremy (History & Classics)