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The Resource Death work : a study of the modern execution process, Robert Johnson

Death work : a study of the modern execution process, Robert Johnson

Label
Death work : a study of the modern execution process
Title
Death work
Title remainder
a study of the modern execution process
Statement of responsibility
Robert Johnson
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"This much anticipated second edition of Robert Johnson's Death Work offers a frank and unsettling look at the consequences of the death penalty in the United States today. The author takes readers on a compelling step-by-step journey through the American execution process including interviews with prisoners who have spent years on death row, prison staff who guard the condemned, and the men who act as executioners."--BOOK JACKET
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Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1948-
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Johnson, Robert
Dewey number
364.66/0973
Index
index present
LC call number
HV8699.U5
LC item number
J643 1998
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Contemporary issues in crime and justice series
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Executions and executioners
  • Death row
  • Executions and executioners
Label
Death work : a study of the modern execution process, Robert Johnson
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • I. Executions past -- 1. Executions past : executions in the West from antiquity to the twentieth century -- Executions in historical perspective : an overview -- Executions past -- Ancient executions : public, passionate violence -- Medieval executions : ceremonial violence -- Early modern executions : refined ritual, subdued ceremony -- The threshold of accepted violence -- Notes -- 2. Executions in America -- The end of public ritual -- Public executions, legal and illegal, in the American South -- Prison executions : private, bureaucratic procedure -- Modern executions and the illusion of humaneness -- Modern executions and the ordeal of dehumanization -- Civilization and the death penalty -- Notes -- II. Waiting to die : a study of modern death rows -- 3. Death row : conditions of confinement -- Death row confinement in historical perspective -- Current conditions on death row -- Death row reforms : the illusion of change -- Case study of a failed reform -- Back to the future : high-tech solitary confinement on modern death rows -- A death row by any other name... -- Women on death row -- Notes -- 4. Living and working on death row -- Living on death row : the psychology of human warehousing -- Powerlessness -- Loneliness -- Vulnerability -- Coping and the crucible of deterioration -- A living death -- Working on death row -- Tension and fear -- Human services-- Us and them : the divisive role of executions -- Notes --
  • III. In cold blood : a study of modern executions -- 5. Death work : a modern execution team -- Death work and death workers : defining parameters -- The deathwatch team -- Executions by the book -- On-the-job training -- Team cohesion -- "We're a family" -- The private world of the execution team -- An elite unit -- A modern execution team -- Notes -- 6. Deathwatch : the final hours -- Social control -- Keeping the prisoner calm -- Maintaining emotional distance -- Calculated camaraderie -- Unintentional collusion -- The final hours : critical junctures in an execution -- Defeated men -- Behind-the-scenes preparation -- Psyching up -- Administrative concerns and chronic uncertainty -- Holding up under pressure -- Notes -- 7. An execution and its aftermath -- Witness to an execution -- The prisoner's decline -- The view from the cell -- The executioners' perspective -- the execution -- The morning after -- Executions and American society -- Notes -- IV. Moral and legal considerations -- 8. A modern instance of torture -- Defining torture -- Distinguishing torture from punishment -- Death row as torturous confinement -- Dehumanization -- Human nature defined -- Human nature defiled -- The benefits of torture -- The limits of reform -- Humane death rows -- Closing death rows : humaneness at a safe distance? -- Implications -- Summary -- Notes -- 9. Punishing murderers : choosing life over death -- Retribution and the death penalty -- The finality of death -- A civil death penalty -- Obstacles to reform -- Economic objections -- Public safety questions -- Moral objections -- Conclusion -- Notes
Control code
36739671
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
2nd ed.
Extent
xvii, 262 pages
Isbn
9780534521554
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
97016577
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
Death work : a study of the modern execution process, Robert Johnson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • I. Executions past -- 1. Executions past : executions in the West from antiquity to the twentieth century -- Executions in historical perspective : an overview -- Executions past -- Ancient executions : public, passionate violence -- Medieval executions : ceremonial violence -- Early modern executions : refined ritual, subdued ceremony -- The threshold of accepted violence -- Notes -- 2. Executions in America -- The end of public ritual -- Public executions, legal and illegal, in the American South -- Prison executions : private, bureaucratic procedure -- Modern executions and the illusion of humaneness -- Modern executions and the ordeal of dehumanization -- Civilization and the death penalty -- Notes -- II. Waiting to die : a study of modern death rows -- 3. Death row : conditions of confinement -- Death row confinement in historical perspective -- Current conditions on death row -- Death row reforms : the illusion of change -- Case study of a failed reform -- Back to the future : high-tech solitary confinement on modern death rows -- A death row by any other name... -- Women on death row -- Notes -- 4. Living and working on death row -- Living on death row : the psychology of human warehousing -- Powerlessness -- Loneliness -- Vulnerability -- Coping and the crucible of deterioration -- A living death -- Working on death row -- Tension and fear -- Human services-- Us and them : the divisive role of executions -- Notes --
  • III. In cold blood : a study of modern executions -- 5. Death work : a modern execution team -- Death work and death workers : defining parameters -- The deathwatch team -- Executions by the book -- On-the-job training -- Team cohesion -- "We're a family" -- The private world of the execution team -- An elite unit -- A modern execution team -- Notes -- 6. Deathwatch : the final hours -- Social control -- Keeping the prisoner calm -- Maintaining emotional distance -- Calculated camaraderie -- Unintentional collusion -- The final hours : critical junctures in an execution -- Defeated men -- Behind-the-scenes preparation -- Psyching up -- Administrative concerns and chronic uncertainty -- Holding up under pressure -- Notes -- 7. An execution and its aftermath -- Witness to an execution -- The prisoner's decline -- The view from the cell -- The executioners' perspective -- the execution -- The morning after -- Executions and American society -- Notes -- IV. Moral and legal considerations -- 8. A modern instance of torture -- Defining torture -- Distinguishing torture from punishment -- Death row as torturous confinement -- Dehumanization -- Human nature defined -- Human nature defiled -- The benefits of torture -- The limits of reform -- Humane death rows -- Closing death rows : humaneness at a safe distance? -- Implications -- Summary -- Notes -- 9. Punishing murderers : choosing life over death -- Retribution and the death penalty -- The finality of death -- A civil death penalty -- Obstacles to reform -- Economic objections -- Public safety questions -- Moral objections -- Conclusion -- Notes
Control code
36739671
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
2nd ed.
Extent
xvii, 262 pages
Isbn
9780534521554
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
97016577
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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