David Garland, 'Peculiar Institution: America's Death Penalty in an Age of Abolition': Review

Armstrong, S. (2011) David Garland, 'Peculiar Institution: America's Death Penalty in an Age of Abolition': Review. Edinburgh Law Review, 15(3), pp. 490-492. (doi: 10.3366/elr.2011.0066)[Book Review]

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The book’s title signals clearly its argument. “Peculiar institution” is of course a reference to America’s enslavement of blacks, and applied here to the death penalty links this legacy of racial domination to contemporary penal practice. The subtitle further clarifies Garland’s stance: the persistence of capital punishment in America during a (European and Western) “age of abolition”. “Why”, he asks, “did the processes of transformation that fully abolished the death penalty throughout the rest of the Western world not do so in America?” (184). The book’s aim is to answer this question by developing “a detailed description of death penalty practices and an explanatory account of their sources, uses, and meanings”.

Item Type:Book Reviews
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Armstrong, Professor Sarah
Authors: Armstrong, S.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Journal Name:Edinburgh Law Review
Publisher:Edinburgh University Press
ISSN (Online):1755-1692
Published Online:01 September 2011
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2011 Edinburgh University Press
First Published:First published in Edinburgh Law Review 2011 15(3):490-492
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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