America's Death Penalty

America's Death Penalty

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qIf I were asked to recommend a single book that puts the vexed and emotionally charged question of the death penalty into an intelligible historical and contemporary political perspective it would be this one. The introduction sets the stage beautifully and the essays that follow allow readers to come at the problem from a variety of mutually reinforcing perspectives. It is a model for intellectually rigorous scholarship on a morally exigent matter.q Thomas W. Laqueur, Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley qThis is a book that gives profoundly important answers, but not easy ones. Six leading figures discuss the American death penalty in this volume. All six leave us wondering whether the simple stories we like to tell can possibly be adequate.q James Q. Whitman, Ford Foundation Professor of Comparative and Foreign Law, Yale Law School Over the past three decades, the United States has embraced the death penalty with tenacious enthusiasm. America's Death Penalty examines the historical and theoretical assumptions that have underpinned the discussion of capital punishment in the United States today. These original essays pursue different strategies for unsettling the usual terms of the debate. In particular, the authors use comparative and historical investigations of both Europe and America in order to cast fresh light on familiar questions about the meaning of capital punishment.When the Court took up the constitutionality of the death penalty in McGautha and Furman, it did so at the intersection of two ... On one side stood a biopolitical notion of race (i.e., the delineation of a subpopulation that could be killed) and, on the other ... in terms of this essay, determining the relationship between the Eighth (cruel and unusual) and Fourteenth Amendments ... McGauthaa#39;s attorneys argued that the lack of direction prevented any meaningful (and constitutionally required)anbsp;...

Title:America's Death Penalty
Author:David Garland, Randall McGowen, Michael Meranze
Publisher:NYU Press - 2011-01-25


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