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Illicit and Unnatural Practices: The Law, Sex and Society in Scotland since 1900

Roger Davidson


This book seeks to chart how the Scottish legal system responded to what were deemed ‘illicit and unnatural practices’ after 1900. Using a wide range of prosecution and trial records, along with more recent newspaper coverage of court proceedings, it furnishes a fascinating insight into the relationship between the law, sex, and society in modern Scotland. Case studies of sex-related offences, including abortion, bestiality, brothel-keeping, child sexual assault, and wilful HIV transmission, reveal how far the legal process both reflected and reinforced contemporary moral panics and how far it ... More

Keywords: history of sexuality, Scottish legal processes, sexual offences, sexual practices, Scottish social history, Legal records, Moral panic

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781474441193
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474441193.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Roger Davidson, author
University of Edinburgh