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    Authors: 
    Nils Valdersdorf Jensen;
    Publisher: Elsevier BV
    Country: Denmark

    Abstract Using the case of the island Parish of Drejo, Denmark, this article examines historical crime on small islands and adds to our understanding of islands as criminological spaces. Building on an analysis of the typology of the crimes committed on the five small islands of Skaro, Drejo, Hjorto, Hjelmshoved and Birkholm primarily in the nineteenth century and a quantitative analysis of the number of children born out of wedlock in the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries on the same islands, it is argued that the geography of the islands in question intensified social control and affected their criminological profile. The article concludes that placing social control in the center of island life links research on island crime and ideas of island utopias.

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