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

Jinee Lokaneeta


Evidence of torture at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and harsh interrogation techniques at Guantánamo Bay beg the question: has the “war on terror” forced liberal democracies to rethink their policies and laws against torture? This book 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 100 landmark Supreme Court cases on torture in India and the United States, memos and popular imagery of torture, this book ... More

Keywords: democratic governance, Abu Ghraib prison, Guantánamo Bay, war on terror, torture, India, United States, interrogation, excess violence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780814752791
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814752791.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jinee Lokaneeta, author