Review of The Cultural Lives of Capital Punishment: Comparative Perspectives edited by Austin Sarat and Christian Boulanger

Document Type

Book Review

Publication Date

Winter 2006


This volume examines the interconnectivity of culture and punishment across an impressive variety of states and nations. The authors convincingly argue that research is strengthened by developing an understanding of the "cultural life" of capital punishment, defined as the embeddedness of this punishment in the discourse and symbolic practices of specific locales and times. This book is abolitionist in nature, representing the praxis of social research.


Published in Journal of Political and Military Sociology, Volume 34, no. 2 (Winter 2006), pp. 396-397. Copyright 2006 Northern Illinois University. Used by permission.

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