ERIC Number: EJ699085
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jun
Reference Count: 70
Outrages Against Personal Dignity: Rationalizing Abuse and Torture in the War on Terror
Gregory Hooks; Clayton Mosher
Social Forces, v83 n4 p1627-1645 Jun 2005
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.
Descriptors: Correctional Institutions, National Security, Institutionalized Persons, Terrorism, War, Military Personnel, Civil Rights
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Identifiers - Location: United States