Death By Design : Capital Punishment As A Social Psychological System (Hardcover)

Author: Haney, Craig

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As scholars such as Albert Camus have noted, discussions of the death penalty are often clouded by discourses that disengage the processes and mechanisms of capital punishment from the words used to describe it. As such, it is nearly impossible to carry out open, honest discussion and debate over the death penalty, its effectiveness, and its permissibility. In this book, Craig Haney presents empirical data collected in over 25 years of research to draw light to the social and psychological realities behind the death penalty. The book approaches the topic of the death penalty's legitimacy from the perspectives of average citizens, voters, and jurors who frequently think about and react to the threat of violent crime and criminals, who often form beliefs and express preferences about the issue of capital punishment in the hope of making society safer, and who sometimes deliberate and render decisions about whether and when the death penalty should be imposed. To do so, it investigates the images and myths that are perpetuated by the media, which dominate and categorically organize discussion of the death penalty in the United States and ultimately characterize the opinions and decisions of those jurors who lack first-hand experience with the criminal justice system. As such, this book views and encourages discussion about capital punishment as a system, comprised of the various pieces and processes behind sentencing and implementation.


Publisher Oxford Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780195182408
SKU 31167094
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0195182405
Release Date 2/11/2009
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0329
Publisher Oxford University Press
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