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Criminal Justice Responses to Maternal Filicide: Judging the Failed Mother

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Bournemouth House - BG11

Bournemouth University, Lansdowne Campus

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Event Date: 25/11/19

Event Description: Criminal Justice Responses to Maternal Filicide: Judging the Failed Mother

Women’s Academic Network, the British Society of Criminology & Bournemouth University’s Centre for Seldom Heard Voices present research by Dr Emma Milne from Plymouth University.

Emma’s presentation will take place on Monday 25 November on the Lansdowne site in BG11, from 5pm.

Abstract:

Women who kill their newborn children pose significant challenges to criminal justice – they have acted in a way that has led to the death of a child, and yet they often have substantial vulnerabilities that influenced their behaviour in the lead-up to the death. Analysis of court transcripts in such cases illustrates that concern of the courts lies not only in the killing of the child, but in the women’s failure to act as an “appropriate” mother and thus a suitable woman. These cases provide a lens through which to analyse the gendered assumptions that surround reproduction, including women’s sexual activity and behaviour during pregnancy. This presentation will explore the gendered experiences of these offenders and the criminal justice responses to their behaviour.

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Background:

Dr Emma Milne is a Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Plymouth. Prior to this, Emma completed her AHRC-funded PhD in Sociology at the University of Essex before taking a position of Lecturer at Middlesex University. Emma’s research interests are in feminist criminology and social and legal responses to women who offend. The wider context of Emma’s work is a consideration of social controls and criminal justice regulations of all women, notably in relation to pregnancy, sex and reproduction.

Contact email: jhealy@bournemouth.ac.uk

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Bournemouth University, Lansdowne Campus

19 Christchurch Road

Bournemouth

BH1 3LH

United Kingdom

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