By Mitchel P. Roth
From “an eye for an eye” to debates over capital punishment, humanity has an extended and arguable courting with dishing out justice for felony acts. at the present time, crime and punishment stay major elements of our tradition, yet societies range drastically on what's thought of legal and the way it's going to be punished. during this international survey of crime and punishment all through background, Mitchel P. Roth examines how and why we penalize yes actions, and he scrutinizes the effectiveness of such efforts in either punishing wrongdoers and bringing a feeling of justice to victims.
Drawing on anthropology, archaeology, folklore, and literature, Roth chronicles the worldwide background of crime and punishment—from early civilizations to the outlawing of intercourse crimes and serial murder to the improvement of geared up crime and the possibility at the present time of world piracy. He explores the beginning of the penal complex and the perform of incarceration in addition to the fashionable philosophy of rehabilitation, arguing that those are maybe crucial advances within the attempt to protect voters from damage. taking a look heavily on the retributions societies have condoned, Roth additionally examine execution and its many types, exhibiting how stoning, hemlock, the firing squad, and deadly injection are thought of both barbaric or justified throughout assorted cultures. finally, he illustrates that regardless of advances in each point of human event, there's outstanding continuity in what's thought of against the law and the sanctions administered.
ideal for college kids, teachers, and basic readers alike, this interdisciplinary e-book offers a desirable examine criminal activity and its outcomes.
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An Eye for an Eye: A Global History of Crime and Punishment by Mitchel P. Roth