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Peculiar institution : America's death penalty in an age of abolition, David Garland

Label
Peculiar institution : America's death penalty in an age of abolition
Title
Peculiar institution
Title remainder
America's death penalty in an age of abolition
Statement of responsibility
David Garland
Title variation
America's death penalty in an age of abolition
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
This book describes and explains the institution of capital punishment in the United States, and discusses its relationship to American society. For many Europeans, the persistence of America's death penalty is a stark reminder of American otherness. The practice of state killing is an archaic relic, a hollow symbol that accomplishes nothing but reflects a puritanical, punitive culture, bloodthirsty in its pursuit of retribution. In debating capital punishment, the usual rhetoric points to America's deviance from the western norm: civilized abolition and barbaric retention; 'us' and 'them'. This new study by a leading social thinker sweeps aside the familiar story and offers a compelling interpretation of the culture of American punishment. It shows that the same forces that led to the death penalty's abolition in Europe once made America a pioneer of reform. That democracy and civilization are not the enemies of capital punishment, though liberalism and humanitarianism are. Making sense of today's differences requires a better understanding of American society and its punishments than the standard rhetoric allows. Taking us deep inside the world of capital punishment, the book offers a detailed picture of a peculiar institution, its cultural meaning and symbolic force for supporters and abolitionists, its place in the landscape of American politics and attitudes to crime, its constitutional status and the legal struggles that define it. Understanding the death penalty requires that we understand how American society is put together, the legacy of racial violence, the structures of social power, and the commitment to radical, local majority rule. Shattering current stereotypes, the book forces us to rethink our understanding of the politics of death and of punishment in America and beyond
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DLC
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Garland, David
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HV8699.U5
LC item number
G36 2010
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Capital punishment
  • Discrimination in capital punishment
  • Decentralization in government
  • Power (Social sciences)
Label
Peculiar institution : America's death penalty in an age of abolition, David Garland
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [315]-393) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • p. 101
  • Processes of transformation,
  • p. 127
  • State and society in America,
  • p. 151
  • Capital punishment in America,
  • p. 183 -- An
  • American abolition,
  • p. 206
  • New political and cultural meanings,
  • Prologue : the exemplary execution, p. 1 -- A
  • p. 231
  • Reinventing the death penalty,
  • p. 256
  • Death and its uses,
  • p. 285 -- Epilogue : discourse and death, p. 308
  • peculiar institution,
  • p. 9 -- The
  • American way of death,
  • p. 39
  • Historical modes of capital punishment,
  • p. 70 -- The
  • death penalty's decline,
Control code
555660646
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
417 pages
Isbn
9780674057234
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2010019967
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)555660646
Label
Peculiar institution : America's death penalty in an age of abolition, David Garland
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [315]-393) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • p. 101
  • Processes of transformation,
  • p. 127
  • State and society in America,
  • p. 151
  • Capital punishment in America,
  • p. 183 -- An
  • American abolition,
  • p. 206
  • New political and cultural meanings,
  • Prologue : the exemplary execution, p. 1 -- A
  • p. 231
  • Reinventing the death penalty,
  • p. 256
  • Death and its uses,
  • p. 285 -- Epilogue : discourse and death, p. 308
  • peculiar institution,
  • p. 9 -- The
  • American way of death,
  • p. 39
  • Historical modes of capital punishment,
  • p. 70 -- The
  • death penalty's decline,
Control code
555660646
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
417 pages
Isbn
9780674057234
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2010019967
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)555660646

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