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Theorizing about Torture

Cheesman, Nick


What are the possibilities for theorizing torture independently from the question of whether or not it “works”? This question has to be posed because to ask whether or not torture works is to narrow our focus to its instrumentalities; to tolerate largely irrelevant debate, based on unrealistic assumptions, about acceptable circumstances for torture’s use. It is to give rise to theorizing aimed not at understanding torture but at justifying it, by contriving to have us view the practice...[Show more]

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Date published: 2017
Type: Working/Technical Paper
Source: The Occasional Papers of the School of Social Science
Access Rights: Open Access via publisher website


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