Saundra D Westervelt

Ph.D., University of Virginia, 1996. Most recent teaching and publications are in the areas of: Sociology of Law, Miscarriages of Justice, and Family Violence.

There are 6 included publications by Saundra D Westervelt :

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Coping with innocence after death row 2008 9145 Kennedy Brewer spent 13 years behind bars — seven on death row — for the rape and murder of a 3-year-old girl. On February 15, 2008, he became the 127th death row inmate in the United States exonerated and released from prison.
Framing innocents: the wrongly convicted as victims of state harm 2010 6475 We adapt the victimology of =state harms‘ framework outlined by Kauzlarich et al. (Critical Criminology, 10(3), 173–194, 2001) to understand the post-exoneration experiences of 18 death row exonerees. Kauzlarich et al. develop six points of commonali...
Gender and Literary Valorization: The Awakening of a Canonical Novel 2002 14751 We use the reception history of Kate Chopin’s The Awakening to study the social context in which and processes through which literary texts are evaluated. We explain The Awakening’s ascendancy from an initial negative critical position in 1899 to its...
Justifying Justice: Therapeutic Law and the Victimization Defense Strategy 2000 1960 As cultural sociologists have long held, systems of collective meaning invariably take on concrete institutionalized form. In as much as a therapeutic code of moral understanding has become a dominant impulse in American culture, we would expect to f...
People, Bodies and Biospheres: Nexus and the Toxic Tort 2004 1620 This special issue on toxic torts and environmental justice is, broadly stated, a multi-vocal discussion of reform in those areas of tort law that bear on toxins, property, and bodies.
Review of Battered Women in the Courtroom by James Ptacek 2000 1321 Westervelt reviews "Battered Women in the Courtroom: The Power of Judicial Responses" by James Ptacek.