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By Colin Dayan

ISBN-10: 0691070911

ISBN-13: 9780691070919

ISBN-10: 0691157871

ISBN-13: 9780691157870

Abused canine, prisoners tortured in Guantánamo and supermax amenities, or slaves killed by means of the state--all are disadvantaged of personhood via felony acts. Such deprivations have recurred all through background, and the legislations sustains those terrors and banishments whilst it upholds the civil order. interpreting such troubling situations, The legislations Is a White Dog tackles key societal questions: How does the legislation build our identities? How do its ideas and sanctions make or unmake people? and the way do the supposedly rational claims of the legislations outline marginal entities, either common and supernatural, together with ghosts, canines, slaves, terrorist suspects, and felons? interpreting the language, allusions, and logos of criminal discourse, and bridging differences among the human and nonhuman, Colin Dayan appears to be like at how the legislation disfigures members and animals, and the way slavery, punishment, and torture create unexpected results in our day-by-day lives.

Moving seamlessly throughout genres and disciplines, Dayan considers criminal practices and non secular ideals from medieval England, the North American colonies, and the Caribbean that experience survived in our felony discourse, and she or he explores the civil deaths of felons and slaves via lawful repression. Tracing the legacy of slavery within the usa within the buildings of the modern American criminal method and within the administrative detention of ghostly supermax amenities, she additionally demonstrates how modern jurisprudence concerning merciless and weird punishment ready the best way for abuses in Abu Ghraib and Guantánamo.

Using traditional historic and criminal resources to reply to unconventional questions, The legislation Is a White Dog illuminates stark truths approximately civil society's skill to marginalize, exclude, and dehumanize.

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