A Sociology of Violence and Human Rights
By Lisa Hajjar
Routledge – 2013 – 96 pages
Torture is indisputably abhorrent. Why, you might ask, would you even want to think or read about torture? That is a very good question, and one this book addresses in a compelling and enlightening way. Torture is a very important issue, not least because millions of people around the world have been subjected to this odious practice—and many are enduring torture right now as you read these words.
Preface 1. Why Are We (Still) Talking about Torture? 2. Torture’s Past 3. Modern Torture 4. Torture and Rights 5. Enforcing the Right Not To Be Tortured 6. What’s Wrong with Torture? Bibliography Glossary
Lisa Hajjar is associate professor of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara.