Transnational Torture: Law, Violence, and State Power in the United States and India

By: Jinee Lokaneeta

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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. Rather than viewing the recent policies on interrogation as anomalous or exceptional, Lokaneeta effectively argues that efforts to accommodate excess violence—a constantly negotiated process—are long standing features of routine interrogations in both the United States and India, concluding that the infliction of excess violence is more central to democratic governing than is generally acknowledged.Printed Pages: 304.

Title: Transnational Torture: Law, Violence, and State Power in the United States and India

Author Name: Jinee Lokaneeta

Categories: India, Law,

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Orient BlackSwan: 2012

ISBN: 8125045562

ISBN 13: 9788125045564

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

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Seller ID: 101986

Keywords: Transnational Torture: Law, Violence, and State Power in the United States and India Jinee Lokaneeta