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American exceptionalism in crime and punishment

Author: Kevin R Reitz
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press. copyright 2018.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Présentation de l'éditeur : "The idea of American exceptionalism has made frequent appearances in discussions of criminal justice policies-as it has in many other areas-to help portray or explain problems that are especially acute in the U.S., including mass incarceration, retention of the death penalty, racial and ethnic disparities, and the War on Drugs. While scholars do not universally agree that it is an apt  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kevin R Reitz
ISBN: 9780190203542 0190203544
OCLC Number: 1030438909
Description: 1 vol. (XIV-565 p.) : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: List of ContributorsList of Figures and TablesIntroduction, Kevin Reitz Part 1: American Exceptionalism: PerspectivesChapter 1: American Exceptionalism in Crime, Punishment, and Disadvantage: Race, Federalization, and Politicization in the Perspective of Local Autonomy, Nicola Lacey and David SoskiceChapter 2: The Concept of American Exceptionalism and the Case of Capital Punishment, David GarlandChapter 3: Penal Optimism: Understanding American Mass Imprisonment from a Canadian Perspective, Cheryl Marie Webster and Anthony N. DoobChapter 4: The Complications of Penal Federalism: American Exceptionalism or Fifty Different Countries?, Franklin E. ZimringPart 2: American Exceptionalism in CrimeChapter 5: American Exceptionalism in Comparative Perspective: Explaining Trends and Variation in the Use of Incarceration, Tapio Lappi-SeppalaChapter 6: How Exceptional Is the History of Violence and Criminal Justice in the United States? Variation across Time and Space as the Keys to Understanding Homicide and Punitiveness, Randolph RothChapter 7: Making the State Pay: Violence and the Politicization of Crime in Comparative Perspective, Lisa L. MillerChapter 8: Comparing Serious Violent Crime in the United States and England and Wales: Why it Matters, and How It Can be Done, Zelia Gallo, Nicola Lacey, and David SoskicePart 3Chapter 9: American Exceptionalism in Community Supervision: A Comparative Analysis of Probation in the United States, Scotland, and Sweden, Edward E. Rhine and Faye S. TaxmanChapter 10: American Exceptionalism in Parole Release and Supervision: A European Perspective, Dirk van Zyl Smit and Alessandro Corda11. Collateral Sanctions and American Exceptionalism: A Comparative Perspective, Nora V. DemleitnerNotes References Index
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