When Killing is a Crime

When Killing is a Crime

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Taking another person's life is the crime for which every society reserves the strongest of punishments. But why (and when) is the act of killing sometimes defined as murder - as inexcusable - and sometimes considered a justifiable, or even righteous, act? Grappling with this ambiguity, Tony Waters sheds light on the sociology of murder. This innovative text draws on wide-ranging case studies of killing - from urban gangs in Washington D.C. to the Salem witchcraft trials, from the "Wild West" to blood feuds in modern Albania, from dueling gentlemen to government-orchestrated mass executions - to illustrate the process of criminalization. Along the way, it looks at both the micro-sociological level of the violent act itself and the macro-level of society's reaction. When "Killing Is a Crime" will leave students with a clear understanding of how differences in culture, status, power, technology, and legal systems pattern violence and murder.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 220 pages
  • 154.94 x 236.22 x 15.24mm | 362.87g
  • Lynne Rienner Publishers Inc
  • Boulder, CO, United States
  • English
  • 1588265390
  • 9781588265395

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"Lively and readable.... Waters brings together a wealth of fascinating material on violence and, by putting criminal homicide in its larger context, fills a hole in the literature. The book will be valuable to scholars and students alike." - Mark Cooney, University of Georgia "Waters deftly explores the social construction of killing across time and place, offering vivid examples to illustrate the importance of this neglected topic. Entertaining enough to hold the attention of undergraduates, yet analytical enough to be used by graduate students and scholars, When Killing Is a Crime should appeal to anyone who studies crime." - Matthew T. Lee, University of Akron"show more

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