An Eye for an Eye: A Global History of Crime and Punishment

An Eye for an Eye: A Global History of Crime and Punishment

Mitchel P. Roth


From “an eye for an eye fixed” to debates over capital punishment, humanity has an extended and debatable dating with dishing out justice for legal acts. this day, crime and punishment stay major elements of our tradition, yet societies fluctuate drastically on what's thought of felony and the way it's going to be punished. during this worldwide survey of crime and punishment all through heritage, Mitchel P. Roth examines how and why we penalize sure 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 advance of prepared crime and the danger at the present time of world piracy. He explores the start of the reformatory and the perform of incarceration in addition to the trendy philosophy of rehabilitation, arguing that those are maybe an important advances within the attempt to guard electorate from damage. taking a look heavily on the retributions societies have condoned, Roth additionally examine execution and its many varieties, displaying how stoning, hemlock, the firing squad, and deadly injection are thought of both barbaric or justified throughout diverse cultures. eventually, he illustrates that regardless of advances in each point of human adventure, there's extraordinary continuity in what's thought of a criminal offense and the sanctions administered.
           
ideal for college students, teachers, and basic readers alike, this interdisciplinary e-book presents a desirable examine illegal activity and its consequences.

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