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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 associate professor of politics at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, and coeditor of Margins, Peripheries, and Excluded Bodies: International Relations and States of Exception. Zahi Zalloua is associate professor of French and general studies at Whitman College, author of Montaigne and the Ethics of Skepticism, and editor of The Comparatist and Montaigne After Theory, Theory After Montainge. The contributors include Stephanie Athey, Mark Danner, Julia Ireland, Timothy V. Kaufman-Osborn, Suvendrini Perera, Joseph Pugliese, Darius Rejali, and Lauren Wilcox.

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Developed from research associated with a symposium entitled "Torture and the Human Body" held at Whitman College, Washington, in February, 2009, this collection of eight essays examines the relationships between the physical and the political in the context of American torture of prisoners against the backdrop of the war on terror. Topics discussed include torture, democracy and the human body, accountability and the events at Abu Ghraib, force-feeding at Guantanamo Bay, and the torture of Omar Khadr. Contributors are academics in political science, philosophy and related fields from several universities, many of whom are associated with Whitman College. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Power, Democracy, and the Human Body
Biswas, Shampa
Zalloua, Zahi
University of Washington Press
Human Rights
Sociology-Violence in Society
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