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Taking us inside the world of capital punishment, this book presents a compelling picture of America's peculiar institution - its cultural meaning and symbolic force for supporters and abolitionists. Shattering current stereotypes, the book forces us to rethink our understanding of the politics of punishment in America and beyond.
David Garland is Professor of Sociology at New York University. He is one of the leading sociologists writing on punishment and crime control, his major works including Punishment and Modern Society, and The Culture of Control.