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Peculiar Institution

America's Death Penalty in an Age of Abolition

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$22.50 • £18.95 • €20.50

ISBN 9780674066106

Publication Date: 10/22/2012


432 pages

5-7/8 x 8-15/16 inches

3 figs, 3 tables

Belknap Press

Not for sale in UK & British Commonwealth (except Canada)

  • Prologue: The Exemplary Execution
  • 1. A Peculiar Institution
  • 2. The American Way of Death
  • 3. Historical Modes of Capital Punishment
  • 4. The Death Penalty’s Decline
  • 5. Processes of Transformation
  • 6. State and Society in America
  • 7. Capital Punishment in America
  • 8. An American Abolition
  • 9. New Political and Cultural Meanings
  • 10. Reinventing the Death Penalty
  • 11. Death and Its Uses
  • Epilogue: Discourse and Death
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

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