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The Law Is a White Dog: How Legal Rituals Make and Unmake Persons - Joan Dayan

Princeton University Press, 2011, Hardback in Dustwrapper..
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.

From the cover: “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 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.
Size: 9½" x 6¼"
Number of Pages: [XVII] 343
ISBN: 0691070911