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Pirates, prisoners, and lepers : lessons from life outside the law / Paul H. Robinson and Sarah M. Robinson.

Publication | Not Digitized | Library Call Number: K5018 .R6595 2015

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    "It has long been held that humans need government to impose social order on a chaotic, dangerous world. How, then, did early humans survive on the Serengeti Plain, surrounded by faster, stronger, and bigger predators in a harsh and forbidding environment? Pirates, Prisoners, and Lepers examines an array of natural experiments and accidents of human history to explore the fundamental nature of how human beings act when beyond the scope of the law. Pirates of the 1700s, the leper colony on Molokai Island, prisoners of the Nazis, hippie communes of the 1970s, shipwreck and plane crash survivors, and many more diverse groups--all existed in the absence of formal rules, punishments, and hierarchies. Paul and Sarah Robinson draw on these real-life stories to suggest that humans are predisposed to be cooperative within limits. What these "communities" did and how they managed have dramatic implications for shaping our modern institutions. Should today's criminal justice system build on people's shared intuitions about justice? Or are we better off acknowledging this aspect of human nature but using law to temper it? Knowing the true nature of our human character and our innate ideas about justice offers a roadmap to a better society. "-- Provided by publisher.
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    Book
    Author/Creator
    Robinson, Paul H., 1948- author.
    Published
    [Lincoln, Nebraska] : Potomac Books, an imprint of the University of Nebraska Press, [2015]
    Contents
    What Is Our Nature? What Does Government Do for Us and to Us?
    Cooperation : Lepers and Pirates
    Punishment : Drop City and the Utopian Communes
    Justice : 1850s San Francisco and the California Gold Rush
    Injustice : The Batavia Shipwreck and the Attica Uprising
    Survival : The Inuits of King William Land and the Mutineers of Pitcairn Island
    Subversion : Prison Camps and Hellships
    Credibility : America' s Prohibition
    Excess : Committing Felony Murder While Asleep in Bed and Life in Prison for an Air-Conditioning Fraud
    Failure : Getting Away with Murder Beyond a Reasonable Doubt
    Collapse : Escobar's Colombia
    Taking Justice Seriously : Five Proposals
    Postscript : What Are They Doing Now?
    Other Authors/Editors
    Robinson, Sarah M., author.
    Notes
    Includes bibliographical references and index.
    What Is Our Nature? What Does Government Do for Us and to Us? -- Cooperation : Lepers and Pirates -- Punishment : Drop City and the Utopian Communes -- Justice : 1850s San Francisco and the California Gold Rush -- Injustice : The Batavia Shipwreck and the Attica Uprising -- Survival : The Inuits of King William Land and the Mutineers of Pitcairn Island -- Subversion : Prison Camps and Hellships -- Credibility : America' s Prohibition -- Excess : Committing Felony Murder While Asleep in Bed and Life in Prison for an Air-Conditioning Fraud -- Failure : Getting Away with Murder Beyond a Reasonable Doubt -- Collapse : Escobar's Colombia -- Taking Justice Seriously : Five Proposals -- Postscript : What Are They Doing Now?

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    English
    ISBN
    9781612347325
    1612347320
    Physical Description
    xii, 348 pages ; 24 cm

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