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Taboo [electronic resource]: Justice

National Geographic Television & Film
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
How much faith do we really place in the institutions that settle our disputes and, at times, determine the fate of individuals? Are there other ways of finding a proper outcome besides the Western system of courts and prisons? Does might make right, and-even if the answer is no-has any society on the planet created a true alternative? This program looks at concepts of justice in various cultures around the world, revealing fascinating differences between accepted forms of law enforcement and criminal punishment. An ideal discussion-launcher for legal studies courses.
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47 min.
11 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on Feb. 23, 2010.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Variant Title
  • What is Justice? (2:04)
  • Justice by Ordeal in Togo (1:37)
  • Justice in West Africa (2:35)
  • History of Pain in Punishment (1:20)
  • Justice by Threat of Pain (1:44)
  • Public Trial in Togo, West Africa (1:42)
  • Idea of Justice in Togo, South Africa (1:38)
  • Proof of Guilt in Tribal Court (1:26)
  • Resolution of Injustice (2:16)
  • Justice in Albania (1:56)
  • Blood Feuds (1:05)
  • Revenge in Albania (1:44)
  • Albanian Blood Feud (1:50)
  • Will the Cycle of Blood Feuds End? (1:03)
  • Origins of the Blood Feud (2:22)
  • Story of a Blood Feud (2:12)
  • Trapped by Revenge (1:18)
  • Cycle of Violence in Revenge (2:54)
  • Shame Justice in Houston, Texas (2:00)
  • Public Ridicule Changes Conduct (1:34)
  • History of Shame Punishment (3:03)
  • Unusual Punishment for a Serious Offense (2:23)
  • Shame Justice (1:56)
  • Is Shame Justice Enough? (2:13)
  • Many Forms of Justice (0:45)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2010], c2004.
Publisher no.
40831 Films Media Group
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1 streaming video file (47 min.) : sd., col., digital file.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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