A new front in the history wars? Responding to Rubenhold’s feminist revision of the Ripper

Bleakley, Paul ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2512-4072 (2021) A new front in the history wars? Responding to Rubenhold’s feminist revision of the Ripper. Criminology & Criminal Justice . ISSN 1748-8958 [Article] (Published online first) (doi:10.1177/1748895821992460)

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Abstract

Hallie Rubenhold’s The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed By Jack the Ripper has drawn the criticism of the community of amateur sleuths dubbed ‘Ripperologists’ for its revisionist perspective, which claims that the canonical five victims of Jack the Ripper were not all sex workers. Rubenhold’s victim-centred approach has opened a new front in the history wars, as Ripperologists accuse her of historical denialism in pursuit of a feminist agenda. This article assesses Rubenhold’s methods, and her contribution to historical criminology, as well as considering why dominant historical narratives of crime prove so resistant to reinterpretation.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): Historical criminology, history wars, Jack the Ripper, methodology, revisionism
Research Areas: A. > School of Law > Criminology and Sociology
A. > School of Media and Performing Arts > Media > English Language and Literature
Item ID: 32090
Notes on copyright: © The Author(s) 2021
This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) which permits any use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access page (https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/open-access-at-sage).
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Depositing User: Paul Bleakley
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2021 20:08
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2021 20:08
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/32090

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