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Humanity’s Subtensions

Culture Theory in US Death Penalty Mitigation

Jesse Cheng

Early in my field research, one of the most well-respected attorneys in the United States’ criminal defense bar described to me a moral sentiment that drives sentencing defense practices in murder cases charged with the death penalty. “In order for

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Running Wilde

Landscape, the Body, and the History of the Treadmill

Vybarr Cregan Reid

How have exercise, the body, and modes of imprisonment become so imbricated in modern societies? The treadmill started its life as the harshest form of punishment that could be meted out, short of the death penalty. It remained so for two centuries. Today, we pay membership fees equivalent to a household energy bill for the dubious privilege of being permitted to run on them. The treadmill is a high-functioning symbol of our anthropocene life that chooses to engage with self-created realities that knowingly deny our creaturely existence.

This essay aims to bring a number of genres and disciplines into conversation with one another to effect a mode of reflective but insightful cultural analysis. Through this ecological interdependence of genre, (including history, philosophy, literary analysis, sociology, psychogeography, autobiography, and biography) the essay aims to look at the ways in which our condition in modernity conspires against our psychological, physiological, geographical, and personal freedoms. Using Oscar Wilde's experiences of life on the treadmill, some of Hardy's poetry, Simone Weil, Pater, Foucault, Lacan, Sartre, Althusser, and Lukács, the essay draws attention to the ways that inauthenticity and dehumanisation have become the mainstay of life in the modern gym.

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Giselle Beiguelman

test some chemical weapons on these zombies, or even just set them on fire”; “They should offer euthanasia to these drug users and death penalty to the drug dealers. São Paulo, free of drugs and toward progress, Christian family and work!” (photograph

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The Complexity of History

Russia and Steven Pinker’s Thesis

Nancy Shields Kollmann

incidence of the death penalty, sending many capital criminals to exile to Siberia or other frontier towns. Exile was not an imprisonment system; the convict was kept in place by sheer distance and by branding for the most serious of them. While in exile

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J. Cammaert Raval

Simon “Gakono” Kariuki, who was spared the death penalty due to age and instead sent to Wamumu, are especially revealing (191). Having lost an arm in a firefight, Simon was gifted a prosthetic arm while at Wamumu, and went on to run the department

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Janet Staiger

produced in 1948, just three years after the ending of World War II, a time in which deserting the army was certainly traitorous (as it still is). Although the death penalty for desertion was abolished in 1930 in the United States, it still occurred at

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Heidi Hakkarainen

after the revolution can also be seen in another issue that was covered in the press. In 1848–49, humanism was discussed on several occasions in debates on corporal punishment and death penalty ignited after the Frankfurt Parliament abolished it in

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Getting Medieval on Steven Pinker

Violence and Medieval England

Sara M. Butler

complicated by the fact that medieval juries were notoriously reluctant to convict. Conviction rates for homicide ranged between 12.5 and 21 percent (compared to a rate of 97.1 percent for American criminal cases in 2015). 20 Leery of the death penalty

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Reclaiming the streets

Black urban insurgency and antisocial security in twenty-first-century Philadelphia

Jeff Maskovsky

Black Lives Matter, Occupy Philadelphia, AIDS activists, and protesters arrested at political conventions. He ran a campaign against the death penalty and against the DA’s office, which he described as “a place with a mad zeal for the highest charge, for

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Pablo Facundo Escalante

defend kingship, especially considering that, on that very same day, the death penalty was requested twice for anyone who would dare suggest preserving the monarchic form of government. 49 Declaring oneself in favor of kingship would have definitely been