Torture
288 pages, 6 x 9
Paperback
Release Date:01 Dec 2011
ISBN:9780295991221
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Torture

Power, Democracy, and the Human Body

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University of Washington Press

The counterterrorism policies following September 11, 2001, brought the definition and legitimacy of torture to the forefront of political, military, and public debates. This timely volume explores the question of torture through multiple lenses by situating it within systems of belief, social networks of power, and ideological worldviews. Individual essays examine the boundaries of what is deemed legitimate political violence for the sake of state security, the immediate and long-term effects of torture on human and social bodies, the visual and artistic representations of torture, how certain people are dehumanized to make it acceptable to torture them, and how we understand complicity in and the ethical boundaries of torture.

Shampa Biswas is an associate processor of politics and director of Global Studies at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. Zahi Zalloua is an associate professor of French at Whitman College.
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