Understanding Torture: Law, Violence, and Political Identity

  • Title: Understanding Torture: Law, Violence, and Political Identity
  • Author(s) / Editor(s): John Parry (Author)
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press
  • Year: 2010
  • ISBN-10: 047205077X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0472050772
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 329
  • Size / Format: 4,0 mb / pdf
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Description: Prohibiting torture will not end it. In Understanding Torture, John T. Parry explains that torture is already a normal part of the state coercive apparatus. Torture is about dominating the victim for a variety of purposes, including public order; control of racial, ethnic, and religious minorities; and— critically—domination for the sake of domination. Seen in this way, Abu Ghraib sits on a continuum with contemporary police violence in U.S. cities; violent repression of racial minorities throughout U.S. history; and the exercise of power in a variety of political, social, and interpersonal contacts. Creating a separate category for an intentionally narrow set of practices labeled and banned as torture, Parry argues, serves to normalize and legitimate the remaining practices that are “not torture.” Consequently, we must question the hope that law can play an important role in regulating state violence.

No one who reads this book can fail to understand the centrality of torture in modern law, politics, and governance.

Not Just a Soccer Game: Colonialism and Conflict Among Palestinians in Israel

  • Title: Not Just a Soccer Game: Colonialism and Conflict Among Palestinians in Israel
  • Author(s) / Editor(s): Magid Shihade (Author)
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press
  • Year: 2011
  • ISBN-10: 0815632568
  • ISBN-13: 978-0815632566
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 224
  • Size / Format: 1,2 mb / pdf
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Description:  On April 11, 1981, two neighboring Palestinian Arab towns competed in a soccer match. Kafr Yassif had a predominantly Christian population, and Julis was a predominantly Druze town. When a fight broke out between fans, the violence quickly escalated, leaving a teenager from each town dead. In the days that followed the game, a group from Julis retaliated with attacks on the residents of Kafr Yassif. Shihade experienced that soccer match and the ensuing violence firsthand, leaving him plagued by questions about why the Israeli authorities did not do more to stop the violence and what led to the conflict between these two neighboring Arab towns.

Drawing on interviews, council archives, and media reports, Shihade explores the incident and subsequent attack on Kafr Yassif in the context of prevailing theories of ethnic and communal conflict. He also discusses the policies of the Israeli state toward its Arab citizens. Countering Orientalist emphases on Arab and Islamic cultures as inherently unruly and sectarian, Shihade challenges existing theories of communal violence, highlighting the significance of colonialism’s legacy, modernity, and state structures. In addition, he breaks new ground by documenting and analyzing the use of a traditional Arab conflict resolution method, sulha, which has received little sustained attention from scholars in the West.

Shihade opens the toolkits of anthropology, history, political science, and studies of ethnic and communal conflict with the goals of exposing the impact of state policies on minority groups and encouraging humane remedial principles regarding states and society.