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Cruel and Unusual: The Culture of Punishment in America
     

Cruel and Unusual: The Culture of Punishment in America

by Anne-Marie Cusac
 

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ISBN-10: 0300168012

ISBN-13: 9780300168013

Pub. Date: 09/28/2010

Publisher: Yale University Press

The Abu Ghraib scandal. Skyrocketing prison populations. Controversial taser incidents. America's attitudes toward criminals and punishment have drastically changed, says the author of this alarming book, and she explores the cultural roots, significance, and far-reaching implications of the new focus on retribution.

Winner of a 2009 Prevention for a Safer

Overview

The Abu Ghraib scandal. Skyrocketing prison populations. Controversial taser incidents. America's attitudes toward criminals and punishment have drastically changed, says the author of this alarming book, and she explores the cultural roots, significance, and far-reaching implications of the new focus on retribution.

Winner of a 2009 Prevention for a Safer Society (PASS) Award, sponsored by the National Council on Crime and Delinquency

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300168013
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
09/28/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction: American Living in a Time of Punishment 1

1 When Punishment Is the Subject, Religion Is the Predicate 17

2 "A Heart Is Not Wholly Corrupted": Revolution, Religion, Punishment 31

3 Reforming the Reforms 50

4 Punishment Creep 72

5 Vigilantism and Progressivism 93

6 The Devilish Generation 109

7 Flogging for Jesus 134

8 Pain Becomes Valuable Again 170

9 Pop Culture and the Criminal Element 183

10 Stunning Technology 212

11 The Return to Restraint 230

12 Abu Ghraib, USA 244

Epilogue: A Little Good News 253

Notes 261

Index 303

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