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It's All the Rage: Crime and Culture
     

It's All the Rage: Crime and Culture

by Wendy Kaminer
 

From our decrying of ”the abuse excuse” to our cheers of Free the Juice,” our reactions to violent crime fluctuate wildly. Expanding on her well-known ideas about self-help and the American psyche, Wendy Kaminer shows us how pop-psychology and religious fervor vie with law and rationality in our courtrooms and in our minds. She doesn’t offer

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From our decrying of ”the abuse excuse” to our cheers of Free the Juice,” our reactions to violent crime fluctuate wildly. Expanding on her well-known ideas about self-help and the American psyche, Wendy Kaminer shows us how pop-psychology and religious fervor vie with law and rationality in our courtrooms and in our minds. She doesn’t offer up any easy solutions; rather, with her trademark epigrammatic brilliance, she gives us an alarming picture of the emotional needs and cultural forces behind our righteous proclamations about crime and punishment.

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A contributing editor to the The Atlantic Monthly finds that American discussions of criminal justice and the death penalty-- including notions of accountability, victimhood, moral agency, and self-control--are driven by a volatile mix of fear, fury, and wishful thinking about simple solutions, and that rational knowledge has become irrelevant. Kaminer doesn't offer answers, but she asks good questions that challenge conventional wisdom on both the political right and the left. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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ISBN-13:
9780201488333
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
04/23/1996
Pages:
21
Product dimensions:
4.95(w) x 7.96(h) x 0.83(d)

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