White Mercy: A Study Of The Death Penalty In South Africa

Hardcover | October 31, 2004

byRobert Vicat Turrell

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White Mercy presents a novel approach to the study of capital punishment in 20th-century South Africa. It focuses on official acts of mercy rather than on miscarriages of justice. Turrell bases his absorbing narrative on a thorough investigation of government statistics, court testimony, and judges' reports. He shows that racism and sexism profoundly influenced death-penalty cases but not in equal ways. Africans, whom white rulers considered the "weaker" race, and women, whom men called the "weaker" sex, entered a legal realm that both promoted preordained cultural difference and disproportionately granted clemency to females convicted of murder. What will perhaps surprise many readers is that a number of condemned white men went to the gallows because the court believed they exhibited the incorrigible instincts of the "weaker" race.

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White Mercy presents a novel approach to the study of capital punishment in 20th-century South Africa. It focuses on official acts of mercy rather than on miscarriages of justice. Turrell bases his absorbing narrative on a thorough investigation of government statistics, court testimony, and judges' reports. He shows that racism and se...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:October 31, 2004Publisher:HeinemannLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0325071268

ISBN - 13:9780325071268

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