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Social Death tackles one of the core paradoxes of social justice struggles and scholarship—that the battle to end oppression shares the moral grammar that structures exploitation and sanctions state violence. Lisa Marie Cacho forcefully argues that the demands for personhood for those who, in  the eyes of society, have little value, depend on capitalist and heteropatriarchal measures of worth.

With poignant case studies, Cacho illustrates that our very understanding of personhood is premised upon the unchallenged devaluation of criminalized populations of color. Hence, the reliance of rights-based politics on notions of who is and is not a deserving member of society inadvertently replicates the logic that creates and normalizes states of social and literal death. Her understanding of inalienable rights and personhood provides us the much-needed comparative analytical and ethical tools to understand the racialized and nationalized tensions between racial groups. Driven by a radical, relentless critique, Social Death challenges us to imagine a heretofore “unthinkable” politics and ethics that do not rest on neoliberal arguments about worth, but rather emerge from the insurgent experiences of those negated persons who do not live by the norms that determine the productive, patriotic, law abiding, and family-oriented subject.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Introduction: The Violence of Value
  2. pp. 1-33
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  1. 1. White Entitlement and Other People’s Crimes
  2. pp. 35-60
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  1. 2. Beyond Ethical Obligation
  2. pp. 61-96
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  1. 3. Grafting Terror onto Illegality
  2. pp. 97-113
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  1. 4. Immigrant Rights versus Civil Rights
  2. pp. 115-145
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  1. Conclusion: Racialized Hauntings of the Devalued Dead
  2. pp. 147-168
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 169-212
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 213-223
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  1. About the Author
  2. p. 224
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780814723777
MARC Record
OCLC
816075427
Pages
240
Launched on MUSE
2012-12-20
Language
English
Open Access
No
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