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Murdering myths : the story behind the death penalty

Author: Judith W Kay
Publisher: Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, ©2005.
Series: Polemics (Rowman and Littlefield, Inc.)
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"In Murdering Myths: The Story Behind the Death Penalty, Judith W. Kay goes beyond hype and statistics to examine Americans' deep-seated beliefs about crime and punishment. She argues that Americans share a counterproductive idea of justice - that punishment corrects bad behavior, suffering pays for wrong deeds, and victims' desire for revenge is natural and inevitable. Drawing on interviews with both victims and  Read more...
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Kay, Judith W. (Judith Webb), 1951-
Murdering myths.
Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, ©2005
(OCoLC)607644125
Online version:
Kay, Judith W. (Judith Webb), 1951-
Murdering myths.
Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, ©2005
(OCoLC)630676105
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Judith W Kay
ISBN: 0742523357 9780742523357 0742523365 9780742523364
OCLC Number: 57352733
Description: xxii, 209 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. The story we tell --
2. The incoherency (and immorality) of punishment --
3. The rules of the game --
4. Rectification through suffering --
5. The story's vices --
6. Habits begotten by violence --
7. Making the three Rs stick --
8. Of monsters and men --
9. The story's broken promise --
10. Living a new story.
Series Title: Polemics (Rowman and Littlefield, Inc.)
Responsibility: Judith W. Kay.
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The 'story' in this book is deeper and more profound than the title may suggest. Using the analytical framework of narrative, Kay explores important interrelated issues: the assumptions and Read more...

 
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