TITLE

Outrages Against Personal Dignity: Rationalizing Abuse and Torture in the War on Terror

AUTHOR(S)
Hooks, Gregory; Mosher, Clayton
PUB. DATE
June 2005
SOURCE
Social Forces;Jun2005, Vol. 83 Issue 4, p1627
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The outrage over revelations of torture and abuse at Abu Ghraib prison has faded from public discourse, but a number of questions remain unanswered. This paper criticizes official rationalizations offered for the abuse. We make the case that these abuses are systemic, resulting from dehumanization of the enemy and the long reliance on and refinement of torture by the United States national security agencies. We also consider the spread of torture in the current war "on terror," and we call on sociologists to become involved in the study of torture and prisoner abuse.
ACCESSION #
17930025

 

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