Abused dogs, prisoners tortured in Guantanamo and supermax facilities, or slaves killed by the state--all are deprived of personhood through legal acts. Such deprivations have recurred throughout history, and the law sustains these terrors and banishments even as it upholds the civil order. Examining such troubling cases, The Law Is a White Dog tackles key societal questioAbused dogs, prisoners tortured in Guantanamo and supermax facilities, or slaves killed by the state--all are deprived of personhood through legal acts. Such deprivations have recurred throughout history, and the law sustains these terrors and banishments even as it upholds the civil order. Examining such troubling cases, The Law Is a White Dog tackles key societal questions: How does the law construct our identities? How do its rules and sanctions make or unmake persons? And how do the supposedly rational claims of the law define marginal entities, both natural and supernatural, including ghosts, dogs, slaves, terrorist suspects, and felons? Reading the language, allusions, and symbols of legal discourse, and bridging distinctions between the human and nonhuman, Colin Dayan looks at how the law disfigures individuals and animals, and how slavery, punishment, and torture create unforeseen effects in our daily lives.Moving seamlessly across genres and disciplines, Dayan considers legal practices and spiritual beliefs from medieval England, the North American colonies, and the Caribbean that have survived in our legal discourse, and she explores the civil deaths of felons and slaves through lawful repression. Tracing the legacy of slavery in the United States in the structures of the contemporary American prison system and in the administrative detention of ghostly supermax facilities, she also demonstrates how contemporary jurisprudence regarding cruel and unusual punishment prepared the way for abuses in Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo.Using conventional historical and legal sources to answer unconventional questions, The Law Is a White Dog illuminates stark truths about civil society's ability to marginalize, exclude, and dehumanize....
|Title||:||The Law Is a White Dog: How Legal Rituals Make and Unmake Persons|
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The Law Is a White Dog: How Legal Rituals Make and Unmake Persons Reviews
A "white dog" was a dog trained to attack any black person. This book is original and amazing. Exposes a lot about the racial foundations of mass incarceration and police brutality in the U.S., the prison house of nations.
This rather strange book is written at the intersection of literature and law. While the topic is interesting, I could have done with less metaphor and more coherent argumentation. Nonetheless and interesting if very disturbing read.
On one hand, this book provides interesting riffs on a very real theme, with some provoking claims. On the other, its argumentation is sloppy and its references are fast-and-loose. If The Law is a White Dog inspires, it is in spite of its dubious scholarship, not because of it.
Dayan doesn't write, she conjures. Stunning book.
346.73012 D2755 2011
Dayan's writing is both esoteric and completely compelling. This text is an excellent mix of metaphor, law, literature, and metaphysics.