Ritual, Myth, and Capital Punishment (Hardback)Mark A. Davidson (author)
Hardback 150 Pages / Published: 28/09/2017
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The death penalty is a multi-layered manifestation of state power. From a quantitative perspective, it conveys the amount of force the state is willing to deploy in order to control its people. More interestingly, however, from a qualitative perspective it symbolises the character of the state's power which then shapes the relationship between the state and its citizenry. Yet, despite the power of the death penalty to shape the expectations of its people, the connections between punishment and social psychology are far from direct. The death penalty employs a particular form of discourse to captivate particular forms of individual thought. The legalised killing of a citizen is more of a sacrificial ritual that meshes with and fortifies social mythologies that legitimise certain political and ideological arrangements.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 150
Dimensions: 235 x 159 mm
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