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Au pied de l'échafaud. Une histoire sensible de l'exécution

Abstract : Although death penalty was abolished in France in September 1981, the last execution took place in 1977. Since 1939, executions were not anymore made public and were taking place within the prison walls, before only a few witnesses. It is therefore difficult to imagine nowadays what and how these were. Common representations refer to Paris executions, from the beginning of the XXth century, and to their well-established rituals, relentlessly reminded in newspapers: the waking up, the toilet, the glass of rum, and the few steps in the dawn light. The aim of this book is first to erase the distance, to shed light on the execution as the time lived, the bodily sensations, in order to experience its violence, and to retrieve, in a sense, its sensitive dimension. Second, this book is an attempt to give back a central role to the sentenced to death and present him or her as a fully-fledged player in the punishment proceedings. Finally, this book aims to understand how the measures which enabled the execution of ordinary men could function then cease. Perhaps one should think that it was the unbearable nature of the execution implementation, as much as its spectacle, which led to its reform and abolition. 
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Anne Carol. Au pied de l'échafaud. Une histoire sensible de l'exécution. Belin, 2017, Histoire. ⟨hal-01841400⟩

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