Uniform TitleDemons, phantoms, monsters:
law, bodies, and detention in the war on terror
NameNisa, Richard (author), Lake, Robert (chair), Leichenko, Robin (internal member), St. Martin, Kevin (internal member), Rutgers University, Graduate School - New Brunswick,
Detention of persons,
DescriptionThis thesis is a study of the political and legal geographies of detention and interrogation in the War on Terror. First, as individual bodies are increasingly singled out for control based not on a breach of law, but on behavior that might reveal one's destructive intentions, how are various security techniques being absorbed into the legal frameworks of liberalism and mobilized spatially in international war prisons? Next, how does this focus on bodily contingencies and destructive potentiality modify the legal organization of violence in the landscape of international conflict? Finally, how are new technologies of control and expertise being deployed to establish a fluid space for the exercise of State power, and what are the roles of agents of legal discourse--judges, lawyers, administrators--in securing this landscape? How do these spaces reflect a particularly neoliberal mode of detention? In approaching these questions, I address relationships between state spatiality, law, and the detention of the human body in the ongoing War on Terror. I concentrate on the discursive and material thresholds that are often understood to organize the landscape of war: freedom and social control, legal and illegal violence, body and state, self and other. Through close analyses, I intend to show that legal discourse in the War on Terror occupies a rather tenuous position--being called upon to legitimize acts of war and violence while simultaneously revealing spaces that challenge the legitimacy of those very actions. Ultimately, this is a work interrogating the legal production of insides and outsides.
NoteIncludes bibliographical references (p. 100-108).
CollectionGraduate School - New Brunswick Electronic Theses and Dissertations
Organization NameRutgers, The State University of New Jersey
RightsThe author owns the copyright to this work.