question of 'What is Crime?' can be best explored
looking at the example of homelessness.
Early-Modern period the number of homeless
increased because of the changes in the land.
enclosures forced many from their traditional
livelihoods, and they were forced to hit the road.
many comfortable people feel scared, and
passed to criminalise the homeless and the
unemployed. They became known as 'vagabonds'. If
they would be flogged and branded like cattle.
a second time, they were placed into slavery,
homeless people are helped by charities like
Big Issue', 'Shelter',
'Centrepoint' and 'Crisis',
government itself through welfare schemes and
housing programmes, although a lot is still needed to
So - why
is a crime in 1604 no longer a crime now?
changed? Have we changed? Has society
to think about the BIG ISSUES like these
plan your answers!