Peculiar Institution

Peculiar Institution

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For Europeans, the endurance of capital punishment is a stark reminder of American 'otherness'. The practice is an archaic relic, a hollow symbol that accomplishes nothing, but reflects a punitive, bloodthirsty culture - puritanical in its pursuit of retribution. This new book by a leading social thinker sweeps aside the familiar story of abolition and retention; 'us' and 'them'. It recasts the history and modern culture of American capital punishment, explaining its endurance as an aspect of the radical democracy at the heart of American politics. Shattering prevailing stereotypes, the book forces us to rethink our understanding of the politics ofpunishment in America and beyond.This new book by a leading social thinker sweeps aside the familiar story of abolition and retention; a#39;usa#39; and a#39;thema#39;.


Title:Peculiar Institution
Author: David Garland
Publisher:OUP Oxford - 2010-09-30
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