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Dead Wrong: Violence, Vengeance, and the Victims of Capital Punishment

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Beschreibung

Beschreibung

Attitudes toward the death penalty have changed dramatically throughout the course of history, evolving from times when public executions were occasions of solemn and pious ritual to excuses for raucous entertainment, and finally to the modern era of private, bureaucratized, mechanized, and sanitized executions that are out of sight and out of mind. Conforming thus to modern sensibilities, state-sanctioned killing is somehow more acceptable to us than public hangings would have been, because we can imagine that the inmate's death is relatively painless, and not in violation of the Eighth Amendment's prohibition against "cruel and unusual" punishment. This may or may not be true; Stack presents compelling arguments to the contrary. What is certain is that Dead Wrong demonstrates beyond a doubt that death row is itself a form of psychological torture and of slow, painful dehumanization.

Portrait

RICHARD A. STACK, a lawyer and Associate Professor of Communication at American University, pioneered the field of litigation public relations after seven years of pro bono media advising for the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. He is the author of two previous books.

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"The well considered reasoning of DEAD WRONG can significantly inform the public discourse on this life and death issue... I recommend Stack's cutting-edge vision to anyone wishing to reduce the level of violence in our society. - Sister Helen Prejean"
EAN: 9780275992217
ISBN: 0275992217
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: PRAEGER FREDERICK A
Erscheinungsdatum: September 2006
Seitenanzahl: 287 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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