The Spectacle of Suffering : Executions and the Evolution of Repression: From a Preindustrial Metropolis to the European Experience (Paperback) - Spierenburg, Pieter Cornelis

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Pieter Spierenburg traces the long period of evolution that gave rise to the modern debate about punishment, and relates it to the development of Western European society.

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Publisher Cambridge Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780521089647
SKU 208942265
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0521089646
Release Date 11/1/2008
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Dimensions (in Inches) 8.75H x 6L x 0.75T
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Editors Note Present-day unease about the treatment of lawbreakers has deep historical roots. Pieter Spierenburg traces the long period of evolution that gave rise to the modern debate about punishment, and relates it to the development of Western European society. He argues that two elements, the public character of punishment and its infliction of physical suffering, were originally at the heart of the penal system. From the sixteenth century onwards, however, these elements began to decline. Spierenburg explains that this development reflected a wider change of attitudes which, in turn, was related to changes in society at large. The book deals successively with each of the parties involved in public executions: the hangman, the magistrates, the crowd, and the victim. Among the themes dicussed are the infamous reputation of the excutioner, the functions of ceremonial, and the social background of those about to suffer.
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0288
Publisher Cambridge University Press
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