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coauthor of Crime and the American Dream -
Mark Cooney's Is Killing Wrong? is a masterful application of pure sociology to the social response to homicide. Drawing on voluminous historical, cross-cultural, and current social science evidence, Cooney shows that the response to homicide, ranging from praise to the death penalty, is tied to the social statuses and relationships of victims, perpetrators, and third parties. This book should be required reading for legal scholars, criminologists, and sociologists who study homicide and its control, and anyone who doubts that morality is a product of social structure.