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    DescriptionEvidence 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 inerrogation 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 governance than is acknowledged in western jurisprudence.

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    Transnational Torture
    Law, Violence, and State Power in the United States and India
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jinee Lokaneeta
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 231 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 522 g
    ISBN 13: 9780814752791
    ISBN 10: 0814752799

    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBB
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: LAW
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S5.0
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    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 43
    BISAC V2.8: LAW026000
    Ingram Subject Code: LE
    Libri: I-LE
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET080
    Ingram Theme: CULT/INDIAN
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 04
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T General Subject: 490
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BIC subject category V2: 1KBB, 1FKA
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17700
    BIC subject category V2: LNFJ
    BISAC V2.8: LAW016000
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    DC22: 345/.025, 345.025
    LC classification: K5410.T6 L65 2011
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    DC23: 345.025
    Thema V1.0: LNFJ
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1KBB, 1FKA
    New York University Press
    Imprint name
    New York University Press
    Publication date
    07 October 2011
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Review quote
    "The book is remarkably rigorous in its examination of the jurisprudence of interrogation, and must be credited for bringing torture squarely into scholarly/academic debates on democracy and the state."-"Economic and Political Weekly",