It's All the Rage

It's All the Rage

Crime and Culture

Book - 1995
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Baker & Taylor
Challenging currently accepted beliefs about crime, violence, and punishment, an examination of these issues calls for a non-emotional, answer-driven approach to human accountability

Book News
A contributing editor to the The Atlantic Monthly finds that American discussions of criminal justice and the death penalty including notions of accountability, victimhood, moral agency, and self-control are driven by a volatile mix of fear, fury, and wishful thinking about simple solutions, and that rational knowledge has become irrelevant. Kaminer doesn't offer answers, but she asks good questions that challenge conventional wisdom on both the political right and the left. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

Blackwell North Amer
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.

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Challenging currently accepted beliefs about crime, violence, and punishment, an examination of these issues calls for a non-emotional, answer-driven approach to human accountability. By the author of I'm Dysfunctional, You're Dysfunctional.

Publisher: Reading, Mass. : Addison-Wesley, c1995.
ISBN: 9780201622744
0201622742
Branch Call Number: 364.15 KAM
Characteristics: 292 p. ; 22 cm.

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