The Cultural Lives of Capital Punishment: Comparative Perspectives

Synopsis

How does the way we think and feel about the world around us affect the existence and administration of the death penalty? What role does capital punishment play in defining our political and cultural identity?

After centuries during which capital punishment was a normal and self-evident part of criminal punishment, it has now taken on a life of its own in various arenas far beyond the limits of the penal sphere. In this volume, the authors argue that in order to understand the death penalty, we need to know more about the "cultural lives"- past and present- of the state's ultimate sanction.

They undertake this "cultural voyage" comparatively- examining the dynamics of the death penalty in Mexico, the United States, Poland, Kyrgyzstan, India, Israel, Palestine, Japan, China, Singapore, and South Korea- arguing that we need to look beyond the United States to see how capital punishment "lives" or "dies" in the rest of the world, how images of state killing are produced and consumed elsewhere, and how they are reflected, back and forth, in the emerging international judicial and political discourse on the penalty of death and its abolition.

Contributors:

Sangmin Bae

Christian Boulanger

Julia Eckert

Agata Fijalkowski

Evi Girling

Virgil K. Y. Ho

David T. Johnson

Botagoz Kassymbekova

Shai Lavi

Jürgen Martschukat

Alfred Oehlers

Judith Randle

Judith Mendelsohn Rood

Austin Sarat

Patrick Timmons

Nicole Tarulevicz

Louise Tyler

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Christian Boulanger
  • Austin Sarat
  • Jürgen Martschukat
  • Patrick Timmons
  • Judith Randle
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Stanford, CA
Publication year:
  • 2005

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