When the State Kills Capital Punishment and the American Condition

ISBN-10: 0691102619
ISBN-13: 9780691102610
Edition: 2001
Authors: Austin Sarat
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Book details

List price: $38.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 8/18/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 360
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.364

Is capital punishment just? Does it deter people from murder? What is the risk of executing innocent people? These are the usual questions at the heart of the debate about capital punishment. This text argues that capital punishment must be stopped because it undermines our democratic society.

Austin Sarat is William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence & Political Science, Amherst College. Thomas R. Kearns is William H. Hastie Professor of Philosophy & Professor of Law, Jurisprudence, & Social Thought, Amherst College.

Acknowledgments
Introduction: "If Timothy McVeigh Doesn't Deserve to Die, Who Does?"
State Killing and the Politics of Vengeance
The Return of Revenge: Hearing the Voice of the Victim in Capital Trials
Killing Me Softly: Capital Punishment and the Technologies for Taking Life
State Killing in the Legal Process
Capital Trials and the Ordinary World of State Killing
The Role of the Jury in the Killing State
Narrative Strategy and Death Penalty Advocacy: Attempting to Save the Condemned
The Cultural Life of Capital Punishment
To See or Not To See: On Televising Executions
State Killing in Popular Culture: Responsibility and Representation in Dead Man Walking, Last Dance, and The Green Mile
Conclusion: Toward a New Abolitionism
Notes
Index

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