Comparative Capital Punishment
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Comparative Capital Punishment

Edited by Carol S. Steiker and Jordan M. Steiker

Comparative Capital Punishment offers a set of in-depth, critical and comparative contributions addressing death practices around the world. Despite the dramatic decline of the death penalty in the last half of the twentieth century, capital punishment remains in force in a substantial number of countries around the globe. This research handbook explores both the forces behind the stunning recent rejection of the death penalty, as well as the changing shape of capital practices where it is retained. The expert contributors address the social, political, economic, and cultural influences on both retention and abolition of the death penalty and consider the distinctive possibilities and pathways to worldwide abolition.
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Chapter 17: Imagining utopia: the global abolition of the death penalty

Jon Yorke and Amna Nazir

Abstract

This chapter places the global movement for the abolition of the death penalty within a reading of utopia. The history of the agonism of the death penalty within dystopia and utopia is presented as a lens to view the struggles which have occurred in the political regions as we witness the global decline of this punishment. What the literature and evolution of human rights demonstrate is that the abolition of the death penalty must be part of an ever-present story-the utopian narrative for a better world.

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