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- DescriptionOver the past three decades, the United States has embraced the death penalty with tenacious enthusiasm. While most of those countries whose legal systems and cultures are rmally compared to the United States have abolished capital punishment, the United States continues to employ this ultimate tool of punishment. The death penalty has achieved an unparalleled prominence in our public life and left an indelible imprint on our politics and culture. It has also provoked intense scholarly debate, much of it devoted to explaining the roots of American exceptionalism. America's Death Penalty takes a different approach to the issue by examining the historical and theoretical assumptions that have underpinned the discussion of capital punishment in the United States today. At various times the death penalty has been portrayed as an anachronism, an inheritance, or an invation, with little reflection on the consequences that flow from the choice of words. This volume represents an effort to restore the sense of capital punishment as a question caught up in history. Edited by leading scholars of crime and justice, these original essays pursue different strategies for unsettling the usual terms of the debate. In particular, the authors use comparative and historical investigations of both Europe and America in order to cast fresh light on familiar questions about the meaning of capital punishment. This volume is essential reading for understanding the death penalty in America. Contributors: David Garland, Douglas Hay, Randall McGowen, Michael Meranze, Rebecca McLennan, and Jonathan Simon.
- Author BiographyDavid Garland is Professor of Sociology and Law at New York University. He is the author of Peculiar Institution: America's Death Penalty in an Age of Abolition. Randall McGowen is Professor of History at the University of Oregon and co-author of The Perreaus and Mrs. Rudd: Forgery and Betrayal in Eighteenth-Century London. Michael Meranze is Professor of History at the University of California, Los Angeles and author of Laboratories of Virtue.
- PublisherNew York University Press
- Date of Publication25/01/2011
- SubjectSocial Issues, Services & Welfare
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintNew York University Press
- Content NoteIllustrations
- Weight458 g
- Width155 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine20 mm
- Edited byDavid Garland,Michael Meranze,Randall McGowen
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