The law is a white dog : how legal rituals make and unmake persons / Colin Dayan.Material type: TextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, ©2011Description: 1 online resource (xvii, 343 pages).Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781400838592; 1400838592; 1282976478; 9781282976474.Subject(s): Persons (Law) -- United States | Slavery -- Law and legislation -- United States | Torture -- United States | Civil rights -- United States | Law -- Social aspects -- United StatesAdditional physical formats: Print version:: Law is a white dog.DDC classification: 346.7301/2 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Holy dogs, Hecuba's bark -- Civil death -- Punishing the residue -- Taxonomies -- A legal ethnography -- Who gets to be wanton? -- Skin of the dog.
Abused dogs, prisoners tortured in Guantánamo 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.
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