By Jennifer Thompson-Cannino, Ronald Cotton
Jennifer Thompson used to be raped at knifepoint by means of a guy who broke into her house whereas she slept. She was once in a position to get away, and finally certainly pointed out Ronald Cotton as her attacker. Ronald insisted that she was once mistaken— yet Jennifer's optimistic identity was once the compelling proof that positioned him in the back of bars. After 11 years, Ronald was once allowed to take a DNA attempt that proved his innocence. He used to be published, after serving greater than a decade in criminal for a criminal offense he by no means dedicated. years later, Jennifer and Ronald met face to face— and cast an not going friendship that modified either one of their lives.
In their very own phrases, Jennifer and Ronald spread the harrowing information in their tragedy, and problem our principles of reminiscence and judgment whereas demonstrating the profound nature of human grace and the therapeutic strength of forgiveness.
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86-01-007. I am very grateful to both for their support. My gratitude is to the Department of Sociology at the State University of New York, Stony Brook. This department provided the necessary means which helped me to start thinking about this Page xi research during one fruitful Sabbatical. The firm, enthusiastic, and continuous support, sometimes during difficult times, of my colleagues at the department of Sociology and Anthropology at Hebrew University most certainly gave me the strength to continue and finish the project.
This conceptualization means that it is not always the case that the powerful would necessarily deviantize the powerless. The powerless may persuade inhabitants of other symbolic-moral universes of the "truth" of their cause, and/or be engaged themselves in the generation of power, and negotiate a settlement. Discussing politics and deviance necessitates using the concepts of power and morality in the most explicit way (see Ben-Yehuda 1990). " This area was divided into two separate divisions: political elements in so-called regular deviance (1990:65-71) and political deviance proper (1990:71-94).
See Goldscheider and Zuckerman 1984; Cohen and Mendes-Flohr 1987), cultural matrix. Hence the book focuses on political assassinations by Jews in Palestine-Israel. The nature of the inquiry is social-historical, from a sociology of deviance perspective, and it employs a methodology which relies on both primary and secondary sources. To have a full, gestalt type of, comprehension of the puzzle of political assassinations requires a broad knowledge in two areas. First, an analytic understanding of what political assassinations are, and what is their place within the sociology of deviance.