Punishment, Violence, and the Court

Leslie Peirce

in Morality Tales

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2003 | ISBN: 9780520228900
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520926974 | DOI:
Punishment, Violence, and the Court

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This chapter addresses the matter of punishment and the sometimes vexed relationship between the judge and the local agents of sovereign authority who enforced the law in Aintab. It discusses the related problems of violence and its uses, both by private individuals and agents of law enforcement. The chapter explores the issue of siyaset, describes the treatment of murder in the Aintab court, and argues that the prosecution of crime and the imposition of criminal penalties at the provincial level were largely the work of local people.

Keywords: punishment; judge; sovereign authority; Aintab; violence; murder; law enforcement; siyaset; criminal penalties; prosecution

Chapter.  18870 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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