The Touch of the State: Stop and Search in England, c.1660-1750

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The long history of stop and search has rarely been explored. In early modern England, particularly in London, the officers who used this power discriminated by gender as they have done more recently by race. The physical experiences of being searched reveal the highly gendered nature of official power in this period. From the first moment of suspicion to the end of the search, agents of the state thought, and then touched, as men.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)52-71
Number of pages20
Early online date7 Feb 2019
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 7 Feb 2019


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