Phenomenon of Torture Readings and Commentary

ISBN-10: 0812219821
ISBN-13: 9780812219821
Edition: 2007 (Annotated)
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Description: Torture is the most widespread human rights crime in the modern world, practiced in more than one hundred countries, including the United States. How could something so brutal, almost unthinkable, be so prevalent? The Phenomenon of Torture: Readings  More...

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List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Publication date: 5/15/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 408
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.298

Torture is the most widespread human rights crime in the modern world, practiced in more than one hundred countries, including the United States. How could something so brutal, almost unthinkable, be so prevalent? The Phenomenon of Torture: Readings and Commentary is designed to answer that question and many others. Beginning with a sweeping view of torture in Western history, the book examines questions such as these: Can anyone be turned into a torturer? What exactly is the psychological relationship between a torturer and his victim? Are certain societies more prone to use torture? Are there any circumstances under which torture is justified--to procure critical information in order to save innocent lives, for example? How can torture be stopped or at least its incidence be reduced?Edited and with an introduction by the former Executive Director of Amnesty International USA, The Phenomenon of Torture draws on the writings of torture victims themselves, such as the Argentinian journalist Jacobo Timerman, as well as leading scholars like Elaine Scarry, author of The Body in Pain. It includes classical works by Voltaire, Jeremy Bentham, Hannah Arendt, and Stanley Milgram, as well as recent works by historian Adam Hochschild and psychotherapist Joan Golston. And it addresses new developments in efforts to combat torture, such as the designation of rape as a war crime and the use of the doctrine of universal jurisdiction to prosecute perpetrators. Designed for the student and scholar alike, it is, in sum, an anthology of the best and most insightful writing about this most curious and common form of abuse. Juan E. Mndez, Special Advisor to the United Nations Secretary General on the Prevention of Genocide and himself a victim of torture, provides a foreword.

Foreword
Introduction
Torture in Western History
Torture and Truth
The Torture of Jesus
Torture and the Law of Proof
Torture
Discipline and Punish
"An Essay on Crimes and Punishments"
"On Torture and Capital Punishment"
Preventing Torture
Being Tortured
The Railway Man
And Night Fell
Statement by Abu Ghraib detainee
The Gulag Archipelago
A Miracle, a Universe
The Method
"Torture"
Against Our Will
Report Uzbekistan
Prison of Women
Who Are the Torturers?
King Leopold's Ghost
"The Torturer's Tale"
"The Perils of Obedience"
"The Official Torturer"
"Ritual Abuse"
Hidden Terrors
The Winter Soldier Investigation
"Torture"
"The Torturers' Notebooks"
The Battle of the Casbah
The Wretched of the Earth
"In Their Own Words"
The Dynamics of Torture
Human Resource Exploitation Training Manual
The Politics of Cruelty
Prisoner Without a Name, Cell Without a Number
The Body in Pain
"What's Wrong with Torture"
"Intimate Terror"
The Social Context of Torture
Torture
The Origins of Totalitarianism
Republic of Fear
"The Psychology and Culture of Torture and Torturers"
"How to Make a Torturer"
Unspeakable Acts, Ordinary People
The Ethics of Torture
"Of Torture"
"The Case for Torture"
"Kidnapping Has Germans Debating Police Torture"
Why Terrorism Works
"Torture"
"Suggestions for Japanese Interpreters"
"Does Torture Work?"
Tainted Legacy
Landau Commission Report
Supreme Court of Israel Judgment
Healing the Victims, Stopping the Torture
"Treatment of Victims of Torture"
"Police Officers Convicted of Torturing Man in Detention"
"Torture Spoken Here"
Aydin v. Turkey
International Criminal Court Q & A Sheet
"An End to Impunity"
"The Case of General Pinochet"
Filartiga v. Pena-Irala
"The Contribution of Truth Commissions"
"Human Rights Education for the Police"
Excerpts from Documents
Un Convention against Torture
International Standards Against Torture
U.S. Army Field Manual
How to Get Involved
Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Credits and Permissions

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