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Iconography of Punishment: Execution Prints and the Death Penalty

NCJ Number
Howard Journal of Criminal Justice Volume: 50 Issue: 5 Dated: December 2011 Pages: 452-464
Eamonn Carrabine
Date Published
December 2011
13 pages
This article examines some of the ways that punishment has been represented in the culture since the 18th century.
The last couple of decades have seen a remarkable cultural turn in the sociology of punishment. In a field dominated by approaches emphasizing class control and disciplinary power, it is no longer possible to ignore the force of representation. This article develops a cultural analysis of punishment through two iconic examples. The first is an 18th-century engraving by William Hogarth and the second is a 20th-century Andy Warhol screen print. Each sheds light on the social and political conditions existing at the time the work was produced and condensed important disputes over the meaning of punishment. (Published Abstract)


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