Notoriously difficult to access, armed robbers have mostly eluded the attempts of authors to access their lives. Aside from biographies of the most infamous, the stories of armed robbers, as varied, bizarre, and captivating as they are, have rarely been told. This has resulted in robbers being considered as largely homogenous; their unique pathways to crime ignored or lumped into ill-defined stereotypes. Yet their routes into one of the most serious violent crimes could not be more varied. Written by a leading female criminologist, Armed Robbers relays the powerful, sometimes amusing, often harrowing stories of 42 convicted criminals in Australia. Their accounts are interwoven with historical events and national folk tales - colonial settlement, convict ancestry, gold rushes, and a sometimes-ferocious hyper-masculinity born of frustration and constructed in forgotten towns - each contribute threads that when sewn together produce a uniquely Australian criminal identity.
About the Author
Dr. Emmeline Taylor is Associate Professor in Criminology at City, University of London. Her research explores several dimensions of crime and criminal behaviour with particular emphasis on the experiences and motivations of offenders, new technologies, the police, and retail crime. Dr Taylor has published extensively across these topics, including the books: Surveillance Schools (2013, Palgrave), Surveillance Futures (Routledge, 2017), and Crime, Deviance and Society (Cambridge University Press, 2020)