By Lizzie Seal
Capital punishment for homicide was once abolished in Britain in 1965. at the present, the best way humans in Britain perceived and understood the loss of life penalty had replaced – it was once a topic that had develop into more and more debatable, high-profile and fraught with emotion. in an effort to comprehend why this was once, it will be important to envision how usual humans realized approximately and skilled capital punishment.
Drawing on fundamental examine, this booklet explores the cultural lifetime of the dying penalty in Britain within the 20th century, together with an exploration of the function of the preferred press and a dialogue of portrayals of the loss of life penalty in performs, novels and movies. renowned protest opposed to capital punishment and public responses to and understandings of capital instances also are mentioned, fairly in terms of conceptualisations of justice. Miscarriages of justice have been major to capital punishment’s more and more fraught nature within the mid twentieth-century and the ebook analyses the unsettling strength of 2 such excessive profile miscarriages of justice. the ultimate chapters contemplate the continued relevance of capital punishment in Britain after abolition, together with its symbolism and the way humans negotiate thoughts of the dying penalty.
Capital Punishment in Twentieth-Century Britain is groundbreaking in its recognition to the demise penalty and the impact it had on way of life and it's the in simple terms textual content in this period to put public and renowned discourses approximately, and reactions to, capital punishment on the centre of the research. Interdisciplinary in concentration and method, it is going to attract historians, criminologists, sociologists and socio-legal students.
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Capital Punishment in Twentieth-Century Britain: Audience, Justice, Memory (Routledge SOLON Explorations in Crime and Criminal Justice Histories) by Lizzie Seal