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Death Penalty A 'Strange Social Fact' Requiring An 'Explanation': David Garland's New Book 'Peculiar Institution'

First Posted: 10/01/10 01:35 PM ET Updated: 05/25/11 06:55 PM ET

Death Penalty


In its discussion of America's death penalty, Peculiar Institution diverges from the familiar cultural script that shapes most of our conversation. Instead of treating capital punishment as a moral dilemma to be debated, a policy problem to be resolved, or a constitutional question to be settled, the book approaches the institution as a strange social fact that stands in need of explanation.

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