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The Practice of Execution in Canada (Hardback)

Ken Leyton-Brown

Edité par University of British Columbia Press, Canada, 2010
ISBN 10: 0774817534 / ISBN 13: 9780774817530
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Titre : The Practice of Execution in Canada (...

Éditeur : University of British Columbia Press, Canada

Date d'édition : 2010

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre : New

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Language: English . Brand New Book. It is easy to forget that the death penalty was an accepted aspect of Canadian culture and criminal justice until 1976. The Practice of Execution in Canada is not about what led some to the gallows and others to escape it. Rather, it examines how the routine rituals and practices of execution can be seen as a crucial social institution. Drawing on hundreds of case files, Ken Leyton-Brown shows that from trial to interment, the practice of execution was constrained by law and tradition. Despite this, however, the institution was not rigid. Criticism and reform pushed executions out of the public eye, and in so doing, stripped them of meaningful ritual and made them more vulnerable to criticism. N° de réf. du libraire AAJ9780774817530

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Synopsis : It is easy to forget that the death penalty was not abolished until 1976 and was an entrenched aspect of Canadian culture and criminal justice from the time of Confederation. "The Practice of Execution in Canada" is not about what led some to the gallows and others to escape it. It is about the taken-for-granted rituals and practices of execution, seen as a social institution. Drawing on hundreds of fascinating case files, Ken Leyton-Brown shows that each phase of the practice of execution - from the trial to interment of the body - was constrained by law and tradition. But the institution was not rigid. As criticism and reform pushed executions out of the public eye, they were emptied of meaningful ritual and became more vulnerable to criticism. Comprehensive and absorbing, this groundbreaking study is for anyone who wants a deeper understanding of contemporary debates on capital punishment.

Critique: This fascinating work takes us from a dramatic account of the public execution of Claude Ruel on July 1, 1868 in St. Hyacinthe, Quebec, to the double hanging of Arthur Lucas and Ronald Turpin in Toronto's Don Jail on December 11, 1962. Just as that jail had gradually evolved from an example of mid-Victorian penal innovation into a symbol of public indifference and cruel confinement, so this story had evolved along a similar path within the public's perception. What's most original is the focus upon treating this process as an institutional history - a rich approach and one certain to provoke debate.- Bruce Bowden, Registrar at Trinity College, University of Toronto, and historian in Canadian public history

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