The practice of execution in canada ken leyton brown google books it is easy to forget that the death penalty was an accepted aspect of canadian culture and criminal justice from confederation until 1976 the practice of execution in canada is not about what led some to the gallows and others to escape it. As execution receded from the public eye however it was stripped of meaningful ritual and became more vulnerable to criticism the practice of execution in canada is the first comprehensive look at the history of execution in canada it will appeal to anyone who wants a deeper understanding of contemporary debates on capital punishment. The practice of execution in canada is not about what led some to the gallows and others to escape it rather it examines how the routine rituals and practices of execution can be seen as a crucial social institution. As the practice of execution explains death did not release the body of the condemned from its obligations to the state the classic public execution had been the ultimate act of display but even before the canadian parliament changed the rules of execution in 1869 the publics gaze was being limited
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