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Garland, David
Peculiar institution : America's death penalty in an age of abolition / David Garland
Alternate Title America's death penalty in an age of abolition
Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2010
book jacket
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Subject(s) Capital punishment -- United States -- History
Discrimination in capital punishment -- United States -- History
Decentralization in government -- United States -- History
Power (Social sciences) -- United States -- History
Physical Description 417 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [315]-393) and index
Contents The exemplary execution -- A peculiar institution -- The American way of death -- Historical modes of capital punishment -- The death penalty's decline -- Processes of transformation -- State and society in America -- Capital punishment in America -- An American abolition -- New political and cultural meanings -- Reinventing the death penalty -- Death and its uses -- Discourse and death
Summary Describes the explains the institution of capital punishment in the United States, and discusses its relationship to American society. Taking us inside the world of capital punishment, this book presents a picture of America's peculiar institution, its cultural meaning and symbolic force for supporters and abolitionists. Shattering current stereotypes, the book forces us to rethink our understanding of the politics of punishment in America and beyond

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