Gang crime and the media in late nineteenth-century London: the Regent’s Park murder of 1888

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This article will offer a fresh perspective on media attitudes towards working-class youth in late Victorian London by looking in detail at a case study of violent youth crime. It offers an analysis of gang crime in the late nineteenth-century capital and explores the use of class and stereotyping in the reporting of working-class youth. It considers the extent to which the problems of violent youth gangs were manipulated by the press to portray the capital as a ‘city out of control’. Finally it will argue that these contemporary representations of youth helped create a fear that exaggerated the threat posed by gangs
Original languageEnglish
Article number4
Pages (from-to)559-575
Number of pages17
JournalCultural and Social History
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2013



  • Gangs
  • crime
  • Regent's Park
  • London
  • newspapers
  • moral panic

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