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Description - When the State Kills by Austin Sarat

Is capital punishment just? Does it deter people from murder? What is the risk that we will execute innocent people? These are the usual questions at the heart of the increasingly heated debate about capital punishment in America. In this book, Austin Sarat seeks to change the terms of that debate. Capital punishment must be stopped, Sarat argues, because it undermines democratic society. Sarat unflinchingly exposes us to the realities of state killing. He examines its foundations in ideas about revenge and retribution. He takes us inside the courtroom of a capital trial, interviews jurors and lawyers who make decisions about life and death and assesses the arguments swirling around Timothy McVeigh and his trial for the bombing in Oklahoma City. Aided by a series of colour photographs, he traces Americans' evolving quest for new methods of execution and explores the place of capital punishment in popular culture by examining such films as "Dead Man Walking", "The Last Dance" and "The Green Mile". Sarat argues that state executions, once used by monarchs as symbolic displays of power, gained acceptance among Americans as a sign of the people's sovereignty. Yet today when the state k

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780691102610
ISBN-10: 0691102619
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 360
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 29-Jul-2002
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Austin Sarat

Austin Sarat is William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science at Amherst College. He is the coauthor of "Divorce Lawyers and Their Clients" and the editor or coeditor of numerous volumes, including "The Killing State: Capital Punishment in Law, Politics, and Culture and Liberal Modernism and Democratic Individuality" (Princeton).

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