Torture: power, democracy, and the human body

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Biswas, Shampa, (Editor); Zalloua, Zahi, (Editor)
University of Washington Press
Torture -- Moral and ethical aspects -- Congresses; Human body -- Moral and ethical aspects -- Congresses; Psychiatric ethics -- Congresses; Mind and body -- Congresses
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This series aims to pursue the challenges that globalization poses, and the possibilities that it offers, in an interdisciplinary setting. Each volume seeks to promote a more nuanced understanding of timely issues while providing critical dialogue with prior scholarship and new ways of shaping how these issues are envisioned and framed. The series probes to what extent our vision of globalization both alters and is altered by the singularity and complexity of the topic at hand, compelling, in turn, perpetual re-visions.Given the events of the last decade, the topic of torture, democracy, and the human body hardly needs any justification. Yet it is its apparent obviousness that makes the topic all the more urgent. What is torture? Who defines it? What are its immediate and long term effects on the human body, on the social body, and the political bond that ties these bodies together, that is, democracy? These questions resist easy answers....