Researching the new ‘dangerous class’

Published 11 September 2012

Victorian Society was haunted by a fear of the ‘dangerous’ class – the workless, rootless, immoral, criminal, mobile and potentially revolutionary enemy within, spawned by the rapid industrialisation and urbanisation of the 19th century, according to criminologist Professor Peter Squires.

He and other leading experts in the field are now gathering at an international conference at the University of Brighton to investigate whether current political, social and economic changes are creating a new ‘dangerous class’.

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