Cover

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Half Title, Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Introduction. Afterlife: Violence, the Social, and Life

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pp. 1-34

The query, what is life? is an arrogant one. With due restraint, this book does pose such a query, but with the following intent: how can the question of damaged life, in all its incessant living and dying, be posed as a query of the social? The possibility of answers is sought in archaeologies of the contemporary, ...

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1. The International Social: Humanity, Crime, and Law in Sierra Leone

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pp. 35-66

Sierra Leone gained independence from British control in 1961. After several years of political instability, including several military coups, Sierra Leone became a one-party state in 1978 under the prime ministership of Siaka Stevens, leader of the APC, or the All People's Congress, which became the only legally recognized political party. ...

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2. Compassionate Citizenship: Nyayagrah, Gandhi, and Justice in Gujarat

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pp. 67-102

The Gujarat 2002 episodes of violence are widely understood to be a calculated attack on the Muslim population in the western state of Gujarat in India that began on February 28, 2002. The immediate trigger was the burning of two compartments of the Sabarmati Express a little away from the Godhra station on the early morning of February 27, 2002. ...

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3. Wounding Attachment: Suffering, Surviving, and Community in Delhi

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pp. 103-134

On the morning of October 31, 1984, the prime minister of India, Indira Gandhi, was walking toward her morning appointments in her official residence when her accompanying bodyguards turned their guns on her and shot her down. Her bodyguards belonged to the Sikh community, and this assassination of the country's reigning political leader was connected to the prevailing Sikh militancy of the time. ...

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4. Emotional Geographies: War, Nostalgia, and Identity in Beirut

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pp. 135-168

The cycles of violence in Lebanon, particularly in the capital city of Beirut, are about the nation«s multiple genealogies of ethnic hostilities and arguably also about its location in regional hostilities that involve Israel, Palestine, Syria, and the larger Middle East as well as the Mediterranean. ...

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5. Bios, Pathos, and Life Emergent

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pp. 169-198

Deleuze takes a vignette out of Dickens (Our Mutual Friend) to find a remarkable allusion to life between life and death, when a sense of life pervades and overwhelms any sense of good or bad.1 Before or after, it would seem, a surrounding, an environment, objectivity or subjectivity, internality or externality, would take over and make it a social presence (with its "goodness" and "badness"). ...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 199-202

This first book is a long pause in an inexorable journey. Finding an infinitude of lives caught in the inescapable labyrinth of wars and violence, a single question has crafted itself over these many years and across those geographies, and that is a query of life. Those people, those lives, and those encounters have urged me to find a language and a grammar for an answer—this book begins that writing. ...

Notes

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pp. 203-232

Bibliography

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pp. 233-246

Index

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pp. 247-254

About the Author

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