Death Work

Death Work : Study of the Modern Execution Process

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A very frank insiders look at the use of the death penalty in modern America. Johnson has done a great deal of reasearch on the process and use of the death penalty, including the witnessing of an electrocution. Exploring both the emotional and empirical controversy surrounding the use of the death penalty, he promotes the idea that death row and the death penalty process are tools leading to the dehumanization of the criminal - a dehumanization which has no place in the United States justice system. His masterful argument against the death penalty is developed on both moral and effectiveness grounds. This book should be of interest to undergraduate and postgraduate courses in criminology, sociology, law and American politics.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 200 pages
  • 162 x 230 x 12mm | 299.37g
  • Cengage Learning, Inc
  • BROOKS/COLE
  • CA, United States
  • 0534128289
  • 9780534128289

Table of contents

Part One: Executions past and present. Executions past: antiquity to the 20th Century. Executions present: the 20th century American experience. Part Two: Waiting to die. A study of modern death rows. Death row: conditions and confinement. Living and working on death row. Part Three: In cold blood: a study of modern executions. Death work: a modern execution team. Death watch: the final hours. An execution and its aftermath. Part Four: Moral considerations. A modern instance of torture. Punishing murderers: choosing life over death.show more

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