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Social Death Racialized Rightlessness and the Criminalization of the Unprotected

ISBN-10: 0814723764
ISBN-13: 9780814723760
Edition: 2012
Authors: Lisa Marie Cacho
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Description: Social Deathtackles one of the core paradoxes of social justice struggles and scholarship—that the battle to end oppression shares the moral grammar that structures exploitation and sanctions state violence. Lisa Marie Cacho forcefully argues that  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 11/12/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 236
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Social Deathtackles one of the core paradoxes of social justice struggles and scholarship—that the battle to end oppression shares the moral grammar that structures exploitation and sanctions state violence. Lisa Marie Cacho forcefully argues that the demands for personhood for those who, in  the eyes of society, have little value, depend on capitalist and heteropatriarchal measures of worth.With poignant case studies, Cacho illustrates that our very understanding of personhood is premised upon the unchallenged devaluation of criminalized populations of color. Hence, the reliance of rights-based politics on notions of who is and is not a deserving member of society inadvertently replicates the logic that creates and normalizes states of social and literal death. Her understanding of inalienable rights and personhood provides us the much-needed comparative analytical and ethical tools to understand the racialized and nationalized tensions between racial groups. Driven by a radical, relentless critique,Social Deathchallenges us to imagine a heretofore “unthinkable” politics and ethics that do not rest on neoliberal arguments about worth, but rather emerge from the insurgent experiences of those negated persons who do not live by the norms that determine the productive, patriotic, law abiding, and family-oriented subject.

Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Violence of Value
White Entitlement and Other Peoples Crimes
Beyond Ethical Obligation
Grafting Terror onto Illegality
Immigrant Rights versus Civil Rights
Conclusion: Racialized Hauntings of the Devalued Dead
Notes
Index
About the Author

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