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How does an inquiry into life as it lives (or dies) amid mass violence look like from the perspective of the “social”? Taking us from Sierra Leone to India to Lebanon, Life, Emergent challenges conventional understandings of biopolitics, weaving a politics of life through the lens of life, not death.

Arguing that the “letting die” element of biopolitics has been overemphasized, Yasmeen Arif zeroes in on biopolitics’ other pole: “making live.” She does so by highlighting the various means and the types of life configured in the aftermath—or afterlives—of violent events in contexts of law, justice, community, and identity. Her analysis of the social repercussions is both global and local in scope. Arif examines the convictions made in the Special Court of Sierra Leone, the first hybrid court of its nature under international criminal law. Next, she explores the making of a justice movement in the context of Hindu-Muslim violence in 2002 in the state of Gujarat, India. From there she revisits the Sikh carnage in Delhi of 1984. Finally, she explores a span of civil violence in Lebanon, and particularly, its effects on the city of Beirut.

This rigorously argued book brings together the various strands of life and the social that each chapter have disentangled—and in doing so it begins to frame a politics of, and for, life.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Introduction. Afterlife: Violence, the Social, and Life
  2. pp. 1-34
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  1. 1. The International Social: Humanity, Crime, and Law in Sierra Leone
  2. pp. 35-66
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  1. 2. Compassionate Citizenship: Nyayagrah, Gandhi, and Justice in Gujarat
  2. pp. 67-102
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  1. 3. Wounding Attachment: Suffering, Surviving, and Community in Delhi
  2. pp. 103-134
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  1. 4. Emotional Geographies: War, Nostalgia, and Identity in Beirut
  2. pp. 135-168
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  1. 5. Bios, Pathos, and Life Emergent
  2. pp. 169-198
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 199-202
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 203-232
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 233-246
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 247-254
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  1. About the Author
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781452953076
Related ISBN
9781517900557
MARC Record
OCLC
946032563
Pages
272
Launched on MUSE
2017-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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