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A Sociology of Violence and Human Rights, 1st Edition

By Lisa Hajjar


96 pages

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Torture is indisputably abhorrent. Why, you might ask, would you even want to think or read about torture? That is a very good question, and one this book addresses in a compelling and enlightening way. Torture is a very important issue, not least because millions of people around the world have been subjected to this odious practice—and many are enduring torture right now as you read these words.

Table of Contents

Preface 1. Why Are We (Still) Talking about Torture? 2. Torture’s Past 3. Modern Torture 4. Torture and Rights 5. Enforcing the Right Not To Be Tortured 6. What’s Wrong with Torture? Bibliography Glossary

About the Author

Lisa Hajjar is associate professor of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Framing 21st Century Social Issues

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General