From Lynch Mobs to the Killing State: Race and the Death Penalty in America

From Lynch Mobs to the Killing State: Race and the Death Penalty in America

by Austin Sarat
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814740219

ISBN-13: 9780814740217

Pub. Date: 05/01/2006

Publisher: New York University Press

Since 1976, over forty percent of prisoners executed in American jails have been African American or Hispanic. This trend shows little evidence of diminishing, and follows a larger pattern of the violent criminalization of African American populations that has marked the country's history of punishment.

In a bold attempt to tackle the looming question of how and

Overview

Since 1976, over forty percent of prisoners executed in American jails have been African American or Hispanic. This trend shows little evidence of diminishing, and follows a larger pattern of the violent criminalization of African American populations that has marked the country's history of punishment.

In a bold attempt to tackle the looming question of how and why the connection between race and the death penalty has been so strong throughout American history, Ogletree and Sarat headline an interdisciplinary cast of experts in reflecting on this disturbing issue. Insightful original essays approach the topic from legal, historical, cultural, and social science perspectives to show the ways that the death penalty is racialized, the places in the death penalty process where race makes a difference, and the ways that meanings of race in the United States are constructed in and through our practices of capital punishment.

From Lynch Mobs to the Killing State not only uncovers the ways that race influences capital punishment, but also attempts to situate the linkage between race and the death penalty in the history of this country, in particular the history of lynching. In its probing examination of how and why the connection between race and the death penalty has been so strong throughout American history, this book forces us to consider how the death penalty gives meaning to race as well as why the racialization of the death penalty is uniquely American.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814740217
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
05/01/2006
Series:
Charles Hamilton Houston Institute Series on Race and Justice Series
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments
Introduction
Charles J. Ogletree, Jr., and Austin Sarat
Part I : The Meaning and Signi?cance of Race in the Culture of Capital Punishment
1 Capital Punishment as Legal Lynching?
Timothy V. Kaufman-Osborn
2 Making Race Matter in Death Matters
Charles J. Ogletree, Jr.
3 Traces of Slavery: Race and the Death Penalty in Historical Perspective
Stuart Banner
Part II : Race and the Death Penalty Process
4 The Role of Victim’s Race and Geography on Death Sentencing: Some Recent Data from Illinois
Michael L. Radelet and Glenn L. Pierce
5 Death in “Whiteface”: Modern Race Minstrels, O?cial Lynching, and the Culture of American Apartheid
Benjamin Fleury-Steiner
6 Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Life-and-Death
Decision Making: Lessons from Laypersons in an Experimental Setting
Mona Lynch
Part III : Race, Politics, and the Death Penalty
7 Discrimination, Death, and Denial: The Tolerance of Racial Discrimination in In?iction of the Death Penalty
Stephen B. Bright
8 The Rhetoric of Race in the “New Abolitionism”
Austin Sarat
Contributors
Index

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