Torture as State Crime: A Criminological Analysis of the Transnational Institutional Torturer, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Torture as State Crime

A Criminological Analysis of the Transnational Institutional Torturer, 1st Edition

By Melanie Collard

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218 pages | 6 B/W Illus.

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Can we understand torture by focusing on the torture chamber or even on the states in which it is practiced, or do we have to consider the wider political context in which it is embedded? This is the central question of this book which explores concepts of state crime for understanding and responding to the indirect use of torture by external nation states.

Drawing on the cooperation between France and Argentina in Argentina's Dirty War, this book explores the utility of the concept of state crime for understanding and responding to the indirect use of torture by external nation states with a detailed examination of the exportation of torture techniques and training expertise as complicity in torture. Discussing the institutionalisation of torture in its international structural context, this book focuses on examining three alleged manifestations of the torturer: direct perpetrator, institutional perpetrator, and transnational institutional perpetrator.

Important reading for those in the fields of criminology, sociology, international relations and human rights law, this book will also be of key interest to scholars and students in the areas of state crime, human rights and imperialism.

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. From Algeria to Argentina:Tthe Transfer of French Savoir-Faire in the Making of Official Torturers

2. Torture Perpetrators’ Levels of Complicity: An Analytical Review of the Literature

3. France’s Military Relationship with Argentina: The Transfer of an Ideology that Justifies Torture

4. Continuing Education: The Implementation of the French Savoir-Faire during the Argentine Dirty War

Conclusion

Appendices

Bibliography

Index

About the Author

Melanie Collard is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Law, University of Hertfordshire, UK.

About the Series

Crimes of the Powerful

Crimes of the Powerful encompasses the harmful, injurious, and victimizing behaviors perpetrated by privately or publicly operated businesses, corporations, and organizations as well as the state mediated administrative, legalistic, and political responses to these crimes.

The series draws attention to the commonalities of the theories, practices, and controls of the crimes of the powerful. It focuses on the overlapping spheres and inter-related worlds of a wide array of existing and recently developing areas of social, historical, and behavioral inquiry into the wrongdoings of multinational organizations, nation-states, stateless regimes, illegal networks, financialization, globalization, and securitization.

These examinations of the crimes of the powerful straddle a variety of related disciplines and areas of academic interest, including studies in criminology and criminal justice; law and human rights; conflict, peace, and security; economic change, environmental decay, and global sustainability.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOC004000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology