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Transnational Torture
Author: Jinee Lokaneeta

ISBN: 9780814752791
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 301
Published: 14 August 2011
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 583.0 x 389.5 x 2.3
Description:
"Transnational Torture by Jinee Lokaneeta reviewed with Prachi Patankar" on the blog Kafila.

Evidence of torture at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and harsh interrogation techniques at Guantanamo Bay beg the question: has the "war on terror" forced liberal democracies to rethink their policies and laws against torture?Transnational Torture focuses on the legal and political discourses on torture in India and the United States-two common-law based constitutional democracies-to theorize the relationship between law, violence, and state power in liberal democracies.

Analyzing about one hundred landmark Supreme Court cases on torture in India and the United States, memos and popular imagery of torture, Jinee Lokaneeta compellingly demonstrates that even before recent debates on the use of torture in the war on terror, the laws of interrogation were much more ambivalent about the infliction of excess pain and suffering than most political and legal theorists have acknowledged. Rat...

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