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Against Birching: Judicial Corporal Punishment in the Isle of Man

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Title:Against Birching: Judicial Corporal Punishment in the Isle of Man
Price:GBP£50.00 (about USD$62.60)
Book ID:B009-3576
Publisher:National Council for Civil Liberties, London, 1973
Edition:First Edition
Condition:Good Condition
Dust Jacket:No Dust Jacket
National Council for Civil Liberties, 1973, Softcover, Book Condition: Good Condition, Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket, First Edition

This book owes its existence to Angela Kneale - one of a very small and courageous group of women on the Isle of Man who have campaigned against the use of judicial corporal punishment there. When the National Council for Civil Liberties heard of the work of her and her friends, they offered to help with publication and with the campaign. Those who have campaigned for the abolition of barbaric forms of punishment all over the world have found usually that they are campaigning in particular against prejudices and misinformation: on the Isle of Man, for instance, there are several widely held myths - that birching is an effective deterrent; that it is almost always inflicted for crimes of violence; that it is never given to first offenders. None is true, as this book emphatically proves. Having no access to official records, Angela Kneale and her friends have been forced to search painstakingly through the files of the island's newspapers, and piece together the evidence. But the search was worthwhile. It effectively damns all the current arguments for the retention of judicial corporal punishment. Merely to say that the use of such violent punishments flies in the face of all modern and progressive theory and practice in the treatment of delinquents is not enough on the island. If it were, the birch would have been discarded long ago. The myths used to defend its use for so long had to be effectively exploded, and that is what we hope the publication and distribution of this book will do. Future generations of young residents and visitors to the Island should be grateful to the courage of Angela Kneale and her friends. They join a long line of patient campaigners who have gradually removed prejudice and revenge and brought the law-enforcers to their senses. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. 98 pages. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. Black titles spine. light rubbing to rear cover with minor crease to outer bottom corner. Includes appendices . Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 250 grams. Category: Law & Criminal Studies; Corporal Punishment; Birching; Isle of Man; Britain/UK; Sociology & Culture. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 3576.
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