States of Violence: Geopolitics, Law, Technology
Goldie Osuri & Vijay Devadas
University of Warwick & University of Otago
This special issue of borderlands engages with Joseph Pugliese’s recently published book, State Violence and the Execution of Law, an important intervention that provides a perceptive and insightful exposition into state violence post 9/11 and the formation of a new geo-political order where ‘torture is invariably situated as productive: of truth, knowledge and the prevention of prospective violence and terror’ (2013, p. 1). The originality of State Violence and the Execution of Law lies in the weaving together of poststructuralist critique (Foucault on biopolitics, Derrida on deconstruction) with critical race and whiteness studies, and critical legal theories, to offer a powerful analysis of the military-industrial-security complex that animates and dominates the present. To engage with Pugliese’s central concern, the violence of state power, we invited senior academics working in different yet related geopolitical contexts to dialogue, comment on, grapple with or draw on points of connection with their own work. Each of these scholars, who have been meticulous in mapping violence in the context of their work, has generously agreed to speak to the concerns of the book. These contributors include Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian (‘Palestinian Children as Tools for “Legalized” State Violence’), Andrea Smith (‘Humanity Through Work’), Suvendrini Perera (‘Dead Exposures: Trophy Bodies in the Terror Zone’), Sherene Razack (‘Racial Terror: Torture and Three Teenagers in Prison’), and Dinesh Wadiwel (‘Cruel Indignities: Animality and Torture’).
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