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Punishment and Culture

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ISBN-10: 0226766101

ISBN-13: 9780226766102

Edition: 2008

Authors: Philip Smith

List price: $28.00
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From the chain gang to the electric chair, the problem of how to deal with criminals has long been debated. What explains this concern with getting punishment right? And why do attitudes toward particular punishments change radically over time? In addressing these questions, Philip Smith attacks the comfortable myth that punishment is about justice, reason, and law. Instead he argues that punishment is an essentially irrational act founded in ritual as a means to control evil without creating more of it in the process. Punishment and Culturetraces three centuries of the history of punishment, looking in detail at issues ranging from public executions and the development of the prison to…    
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Book details

List price: $28.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 3/15/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

The Penal Imagination
The Public Execution
The Prison
The Panopticon
The Guillotine
The Electric Chair
Punishment and Meaning