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Harsh Justice

Author : James Q. Whitman
ISBN : 0198035314
Genre : Social Science
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Criminal punishment in America is harsh and degrading--more so than anywhere else in the liberal west. Executions and long prison terms are commonplace in America. Countries like France and Germany, by contrast, are systematically mild. European offenders are rarely sent to prison, and when they are, they serve far shorter terms than their American counterparts. Why is America so comparatively harsh? In this novel work of comparative legal history, James Whitman argues that the answer lies in America's triumphant embrace of a non-hierarchical social system and distrust of state power which have contributed to a law of punishment that is more willing to degrade offenders.

Harsh Justice

Author : James Q. Whitman
ISBN : 0195155254
Genre : Law
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Publisher's description: Criminal punishment in America is harsh and degrading-more so than anywhere else in the liberal west. Executions and long prison terms are commonplace in America. Countries like France and Germany, by contrast, are systematically mild. European offenders are rarely sent to prison, and when they are, they serve far shorter terms than their American counterparts. Why is America so comparatively harsh? In this novel work of comparative legal history, James Whitman argues that the answer lies in America's triumphant embrace of a non-hierarchical social system and distrust of state power which have contributed to a law of punishment that is more willing to degrade offenders.

Harsh Justice

Author : James Q. Whitman
ISBN : 9780199882540
Genre : Social Science
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Criminal punishment in America is harsh and degrading--more so than anywhere else in the liberal west. Executions and long prison terms are commonplace in America. Countries like France and Germany, by contrast, are systematically mild. European offenders are rarely sent to prison, and when they are, they serve far shorter terms than their American counterparts. Why is America so comparatively harsh? In this novel work of comparative legal history, James Whitman argues that the answer lies in America's triumphant embrace of a non-hierarchical social system and distrust of state power which have contributed to a law of punishment that is more willing to degrade offenders.

Harsh Justice

Author : James Q. Whitman
ISBN : 9780199882540
Genre : Social Science
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Criminal punishment in America is harsh and degrading--more so than anywhere else in the liberal west. Executions and long prison terms are commonplace in America. Countries like France and Germany, by contrast, are systematically mild. European offenders are rarely sent to prison, and when they are, they serve far shorter terms than their American counterparts. Why is America so comparatively harsh? In this novel work of comparative legal history, James Whitman argues that the answer lies in America's triumphant embrace of a non-hierarchical social system and distrust of state power which have contributed to a law of punishment that is more willing to degrade offenders.

Punishment And Culture

Author : Philip Smith
ISBN : 9780226766102
Genre : Law
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Philip Smith attacks the comfortable notion 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.

Radical Sociology Of Durkheim And Mauss

Author : Mike J. Gane
ISBN : 9781134922369
Genre : Social Science
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In this outstanding collection, Mike Gane brings together a selection of key articles on Durkheim and Mauss showing their points of convergence and divergence. Included here are Mauss's 'A sociological assessment of Bolshevism 1924-5' and his 'Letters on Communism, Fascism and Nazism'. This is an engrossing book not only for scholars and students of Durkheim and Mauss but for anyone interested in radical social theory.

Acres Of Skin

Author : Allen M. Hornblum
ISBN : 9781134001651
Genre : Medical
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At a time of increased interest and renewed shock over the Tuskegee syphilis experiments, Acres of Skin sheds light on yet another dark episode of American medical history. In this disturbing expose, Allen M. Hornblum tells the story of Philadelphia's Holmesburg Prison.

The Verdict Of Battle

Author : James Q. Whitman
ISBN : 9780674071872
Genre : History
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Slaughter in battle was once seen as a legitimate way to settle disputes. When pitched battles ceased to exist, the law of victory gave way to the rule of unbridled force. Whitman explains why ritualized violence was more effective in ending carnage, and why humanitarian laws that view war as evil have led to longer, more barbaric conflicts.

Constitutional Debate In Action

Author : H. L. Pohlman
ISBN : 9781461714125
Genre : Political Science
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Taking into account the political and intellectual forces that shape Supreme Court decisions, Constitutional Debate in Action examines how and why the U.S. Constitution continues to grow and adapt to human wants, passions, and values. Not your traditional constitutional law textbook, this three-volume set views the Constitution as an institutionalized form of debate by which people press their political demands and arguments upon the Supreme Court. This process-oriented approach goes beyond a straightforward examination of how the decisions of Supreme Court justices have transformed constitutional doctrine through the ages; it explores the actual process of adjudication itself. Each case study covers the legal and political background_including relevant out-of-court discussions_to help students understand the political framework in which the Supreme Court operates. Actual legal briefs filed in landmark cases and corresponding oral arguments before the Supreme Court provide students with a front-row seat to the process of constitutional argumentation. As they evaluate the opposing viewpoints, students are better equipped to evaluate critically final Supreme Court decisions and opinions. In addition, students gain a valuable perspective on the role of the Supreme Court in our constitutional democracy.

When The State Kills

Author : Austin Sarat
ISBN : 0691102619
Genre : Law
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Capital punishment is put on trial in this lucid, well-researched analysis of this contentious issue that takes readers on a tour of the entire process, from the capital trial to the death chamber.

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