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Author Bender, Steven, author.

Title Mea culpa : lessons on law and regret from U.S. history / Steven W. Bender.

Published New York ; London : New York University Press, [2015]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  172.10973 BEND    DUE 03-10-19
Physical description ix, 241 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 189-235) and index.
Contents Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- Regret: frameworks for prediction -- What dehumanization predicts: the landscapes of future regret -- Aliens, illegals, wetbacks, and anchor babies: the dehumanization of immigrant -- Workers and their families -- Beasts of burden: farmworkers in the U.S. field of dreams -- The wages of poverty: inequality, welfare queens, and the homeless -- Sexuality and dehumanization: homophobia in U.S. law and life -- Dehumanizing criminals: the monsters of death row -- Flying while Muslim: "ragheads" and human rights -- From slavery to the new Jim Crow of mass incarceration: the ongoing -- Dehumanization of African Americans -- You've come a long way, baby! Gender and dehumanization -- International dehumanization -- Conclusion: a blueprint for humanization through compassion.
Summary "In Mea Culpa, Steven W. Bender examines how the United States' collective shame about its past has shaped the evolution of law and behavior. We regret slavery and segregationist Jim Crow laws: we craft our legislation in response to that regret. By examining policies and practices that affected the lives of groups that have been historically marginalized and oppressed, Bender is able to draw persuasive connections between shame and its eventual legal manifestations. Analyzing the United States' historical response to its own atrocities, Bender identifies and develops a definitive moral compass that guides us away from the policies and practices that lead to societal regret"--Dust jacket.
Subject Human rights -- United States -- History.
Regret -- Political aspects -- United States -- History.
Minorities -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- United States -- History.
Discrimination -- Law and legislation -- United States -- History.
Marginality, Social -- Political aspects -- United States -- History.
United States -- Social policy -- Moral and ethical aspects.
United States -- Emigration and immigration -- Government policy -- Moral and ethical aspects.
ISBN 9781479899623