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

By Mitchel P. Roth

From “an eye for a watch” to debates over capital punishment, humanity has an extended and debatable courting with meting out justice for felony acts. this day, crime and punishment stay major components of our tradition, yet societies range drastically on what's thought of legal and the way it may 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 heritage 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 danger this present day of world piracy. He explores the beginning of the prison and the perform of incarceration in addition to the trendy philosophy of rehabilitation, arguing that those are might be crucial advances within the attempt to defend electorate from damage. taking a look heavily on the retributions societies have condoned, Roth additionally examine execution and its many kinds, displaying how stoning, hemlock, the firing squad, and deadly injection are thought of both barbaric or justified throughout various cultures. finally, he illustrates that regardless of advances in each point of human adventure, there's notable continuity in what's thought of a criminal offense and the sanctions administered.
ideal for college students, lecturers, and common readers alike, this interdisciplinary ebook presents a desirable examine illegal activity and its consequences.

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