The Killing State

The Killing State : Capital Punishment in Law, Politics and Culture

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Although the US Supreme Court temporarily halted capital punishment in the early 1970s, it has since returned with a vengeance. Today Americans live in a "killing state" in which the death penalty has become an important part of criminal justice policy, and sometimes a major factor in electoral politics. Bringing together the work of several prominent scholars, The Killing State helps explain why the USA clings tenaciously to capital punishment long after other democratic nations have abandoned it. The book signals the emergence of a new way of thinking about state killing that moves beyond abstract moral argument and narrow policy debate to assess its impact upon the US legal system, its powerful symbolic appeal, and its place in contemporary "culture wars.".show more

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  • Hardback | 276 pages
  • 165.4 x 242.1 x 25.7mm | 651.92g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195120868
  • 9780195120868

About Austin Sarat

Austin Sarat is William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science at Amherst College. He has written and edited many books and articles on the theory and practice of law, and was recently elected President of the Law and Society Association.show more

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"This collection belongs in all libraries."--Choice"This collection of essays brings us up to date on the vexatious problem of capital punishment....these essays...will keep us thinking well into the next century."--Bimonthly Review of Law Books "This collection belongs in all libraries."--Choice "This collection of essays brings us up to date on the vexatious problem of capital punishment....these essays...will keep us thinking well into the next century."--Bimonthly Review of Law Books "This collection belongs in all libraries."--Choice "This collection of essays brings us up to date on the vexatious problem of capital punishment....these essays...will keep us thinking well into the next century."--Bimonthly Review of Law Books "This collection belongs in all libraries."--Choice"This collection of essays brings us up to date on the vexatious problem of capital punishment....these essays...will keep us thinking well into the next century."--Bimonthly Review of Law Booksshow more

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