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Understanding Torture

Law, Violence, and Political Identity

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Understanding Torture: Law, Violence, and Political Identity by John T. Parry
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Legal prohibitions against torture cannot prevent state violence. Prohibiting torture will not end it. In "Understanding Torture", John T. Parry explains that torture is already a normal part of the state coercive apparatus. Torture is about dominating the victim for a variety of purposes, including public order; control of racial, ethnic, and religious minorities; and, domination for the sake of domination. Seen in this way, Abu Ghraib sits on a continuum with contemporary police violence in U.S. cities; violent repression of racial minorities throughout U.S. history; and, the exercise of power in a variety of political, social, and interpersonal contacts. Creating a separate category for an intentionally narrow set of practices labeled and banned as torture, Parry argues, serves to normalize and legitimate the remaining practices that are 'not torture'. Consequently, we must question the hope that law can play an important role in regulating state violence. No one who reads this book can fail to understand the centrality of torture in modern law, politics, and governance.

Author Biography

John T. Parry is Professor of Law at Lewis & Clark Law School.
Release date Australia
March 15th, 2010
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Country of Publication
United States
Imprint
The University of Michigan Press
Pages
408
ISBN-13
9780472070770
Product ID
4182570

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