Synopses & Reviews
For over two decades, Amnesty International has been at the forefront of the international campaign against torture. For the first time, Amnesty International has commissioned the foremost experts in the field to write about the history of torture, the methods used, the torturers themselves, and their victims. A Glimpse of Hell
is the result.
Throughout recorded history, humans have deliberately subjected others to physical pain and mental anguish, sometimes in spite of laws prohibiting such behavior, sometimes with the full backing of the legal system. Early chapters offer a historical overview of torture and its popular and legal meanings, and examine its relationship with the law. Other contributions address specific methods used by torturers, their effects, and approaches for treating torture survivors. The terror of torture is not confined to the individual victim. Several essays discuss its consequences for other citizens, specifically for women, children, and the family. They also provide resources for documenting and combatting torture when it happens. The volume concludes with a political strategy concerning what can be done to put a stop to torture worldwide.
Published to coincide with Amnesty International's most ambitious campaign against torture for over a decade, A Glimpse of Hell serves as a broad and authoritative source of information on torture throughout the world, all in one accessible and chilling volume.
pushes us beyond the old "race vs. class" debates to delve deeper into the structural conditions that spawn racism. Darder and Torres place the study of racism forthrightly within the context of contemporary capitalism. While agreeing with those who have argued that the concept of "race" does not have biological validity, they go further to insist that the concept also holds little political, symbolic, or descriptive value when employed in social science and policy research.
Darder and Torres argue for the need to jettison the concept of "race," while calling adamantly for the critical study of racism. They maintain that an understanding of structural class inequality is fundamentally germane to comprehending the growing significance of racism in capitalist America.
About the Author
is professor of educational policy studies and Latino studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her books include Culture and Power in the Classroom
, Latinos and Education
, and The Latino Studies Reader
Rodolfo D. Torres is associate professor of Chicano-Latino studies, political science, and planning, policy, and design at the University of California, Irvine. Among his books are Latino Metropolis and Savage State: Welfare Capitalism and Inequality.