Death by Design Capital Punishment as a Social Psychological System

ISBN-10: 0195182405

ISBN-13: 9780195182408

Edition: 2005

Authors: Craig Haney

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How can otherwise normal, moral persons - as citizens, voters, and jurors - participate in a process that is designed to take the life of another? In DEATH BY DESIGN, research psychologist Craig Haney argues that capital punishment, and particularly the sequence of events that lead to death sentencing itself, is maintained through a complex and elaborate social psychological system that distance and disengage us from the true nature of the task. Relying heavily on his own researchand that of other social scientists, Haney suggests that these social psychological forces enable persons to engage in behavior from which many of them otherwise would refrain. However, by facilitating death sentencing in these ways, this inter-related set of social psychological forces alsoundermines the reliability and authenticity of the process, and compromises the fairness of its outcomes. Because these social psychological forces are systemic in nature - built into the very system of death sentencing itself - Haney concludes by suggesting a number of inter-locking reforms, derived directly from empirical research on capital punishment, that are needed to increase the fairness and reliability of the process.The historic and ongoing public debate over the death penalty takes place not only in courtrooms, but also in classrooms, offices, and living rooms. This timely book offers stimulating insights into capital punishment for professionals and students working in psychology, law, criminology, sociology, and cultural area studies. As capital punishment receives continued attention in the media, it is also a necessary and provocative guide that empowers all readers to come to their own conclusionsabout the death penalty.
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Book details

List price: $47.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/4/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Series Foreword
Blinded by the Death Penalty: The Supreme Court and the Social Realities of Capital Punishment
Frameworks of Misunderstanding: Capital Punishment and the American Media
Constructing Capital Crimes and Defendants: Death Penalty Case-Specific Biases and Their Effects
The Fragile Consensus: Public Opinion and Death Penalty Policy
A Tribunal Organized to Convict and Execute? On the Nature of Jury Selection in Capital Cases
Preparing for the Death Penalty in Advance of Trial: Process Effects in Death-Qualifying Capital Juries
Structural Aggravation: Moral Disengagement in the Capital Trial Process
Misguided Discretion: Instructional Incomprehension in the System of Death Sentencing
Condemning the Other: Race, Mitigation, and the "Empathic Divide"
No Longer Tinkering With the Machinery of Death: Proposals for Systemic Reform
Concluding Thoughts: Death Is Different
Notes
Index
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