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Hearts of Darkness: Torturing Children in the War on Terror

Hearts of Darkness: Torturing Children in the War on Terror
 

Documents cases of child torture by American military personnel, several of which received little coverage in the media.

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ISBN 9781594518256
Barcode 9781594518256
Published 30 June 2010 by Taylor & Francis Ltd
Format Library Binding
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Author(s) By Giroux, Henry A.
Foreword by Hedges, Chris
Series The Radical Imagination
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ISBN-13 9781594518256
ISBN-10 1594518254
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
Imprint Paradigm
Publication Date 30 June 2010
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Library Binding
Author(s) By Giroux, Henry A.
Foreword by Hedges, Chris
Series The Radical Imagination
Category Social Welfare & Social Services
Terrorism, Freedom Fighters, Armed Struggle
Armed Conflict
Number of Pages 128
Dimensions Width: 140mm
Height: 216mm
Spine: 15mm
Weight 318g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
Library of Congress Children and war - United States, Torture - Government policy - United States, War on Terrorism, 2001-2009
NBS Text Current Affairs & Issues
ONIX Text College/higher education
Dewey Code 355.033073
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

The United States embarked on a war on terror that defended torture as a matter of official policy and furthered an already emergent culture of cruelty. As torture became normalized in the Bush era, it not only corrupted American ideals and political culture, it also passed over to the dark side in sanctioning the unimaginable and unspeakable: the torture of children.The book documents cases of child torture by American military personnel, several of which are little known to Americans from the media.Although the rise of the torture state has been a subject of intense controversy, this is the first book to examine how state violence under the auspices of the war on terror infected not only political discourse but also a cultural consciousness that enabled the systemic abuse of children. Giroux raises serious challenges the Obama administration must address in light of this shameful period in American history if it wants to reverse such policies and make a claim for restoring democratic culture. But this challenge is not only one for the upper reaches of government. He also raises questions about the collusion of the media, educators, the criminal justice system and other groups and institutions that have allowed the conditions to emerge that have made the unspeakable act of torturing children a matter of state policy--and what can be done to avoid such acts from ever being repeated.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Giroux is one of our most acute social critics, and in Hearts of Darkness, he asks how American culture grew so callous and debased during the Bush years, why it became increasingly toxic for children, and more uncomfortably, why so much remains unchanged on Obama's watch. This is a very thoughtful book. -- Elliott Gorn, Departments of History and American Civilization, Brown University Hearts of Darkness is an unforgettable journey into the cruel and hard oversoul of America--a nation which tacitly sanctions governmental torture of children and eagerly devours increasing amounts of media violence. Giroux's moral courage and compassion serves as a model of contemporary committed criticism. -- Jeffrey R. Di Leo, University of Huston - Victoria

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Author's Bio

Henry A. Giroux currently holds the Global TV Network Chair Professorship at McMaster University in the English and Cultural Studies Department. His most recent books include The University in Chains: Confronting the Military-Industrial-Academic Complex (2007) and Against the Terror of Neoliberalism (2008).

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