An Eye for an Eye: A Global History of Crime and Punishment by Mitchel P. Roth

By Mitchel P. Roth

From “an eye for an eye” to debates over capital punishment, humanity has an extended and arguable dating with dishing out justice for felony acts. at the present time, crime and punishment stay major elements of our tradition, yet societies fluctuate drastically on what's thought of felony 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 convinced 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 improvement of equipped crime and the hazard at the present time of worldwide piracy. He explores the delivery of the prison and the perform of incarceration in addition to the fashionable philosophy of rehabilitation, arguing that those are might be crucial 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 types, displaying how stoning, hemlock, the firing squad, and deadly injection are thought of both barbaric or justified throughout varied 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.
excellent for college kids, teachers, and normal readers alike, this interdisciplinary publication offers a desirable examine illegal activity and its results.

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