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It's all the rage : crime and culture / Wendy Kaminer
Bib ID 603200
Format BookBook
Author
Kaminer, Wendy
 
Description Reading, Mass. : Addison-Wesley, c1995 
292 p. ; 22 cm. 
ISBN 0201622742
Summary

It's All the Rage takes off where Wendy Kaminer's witty, groundbreaking book on the self-help tradition, I'm Dysfunctional, You're Dysfunctional, left off: with the effects of popular psychology on criminal justice. There's something here to offend everybody. From the "abuse excuse" of the Menendez and Bobbitt cases and our confused notions of individual accountability, to middle-class fear of crime and the death penalty, to victims rights and concerns about TV violence, to federal anti-crime legislation and the politics of crime control, Kaminer shows that our discussions of criminal justice have been emotionally and demagogically driven and that knowledge has become irrelevant - for liberals and conservatives alike.

Full contents
  • 1. Guilty Victims
  • 2. Voyeurism and Vengeance
  • 3. The Right Victims and Victims Rights
  • 4. The Death Penalty - How It's Perceived
  • 5. The Death Penalty - How It's Applied
  • 6. The Prosecutor's Perspective
  • 7. Knowledge Is Irrelevant - Federal Crime Control
  • 8. Virtue Talk.
 
Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. [267]-285) and index.

Subjects Violent crimes -- United States -- Public opinion.  |  Capital punishment -- United States -- Public opinion.  |  Criminal justice, Administration of -- United States -- Public opinion.  |  Public opinion -- United States.

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