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War Crimes, Atrocity and Justice

By: Michael J. Shapiro


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What do we know about war crimes and justice? What are the discursive practices through which the dominant images of war crimes, atrocity and justice are understood?

In this wide ranging text, Michael J. Shapiro contrasts the justice-related imagery of the war crimes trial (for example the solitary, headphone-wearing defendant at the Hague listening with intent to a catalogue of charges) with ?literary justice?: representations in literature, film, and biographical testimony, raising questions about atrocities and justice that juridical proceedings exclude.

By engaging with the ambiguities exposed by the artistic and experiential genres, reading them alongside policy and archival documentation and critical theoretical discourses, Shapiro?s War Crimes, Atrocity, and Justice challenges traditional notions of ?responsibility? in juridical settings. His comparative readings instead encourage a focus on the conditions of possibility for war crimes as they arise from the actions of states, non-state agencies and individuals involved in arms trading, peace keeping, sex trafficking, and law enforcement and adjudication. 
Theory springs to life as Shapiro draws on examples from legal discourse, literature, media, film, and television, to build a nuanced picture of politics and the problem of justice. It will be of great interest to students of film and media, literature, cultural studies, contemporary philosophy and political science

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Hardcover
Status
Available
Edition
First Edition
ISBN
9780745671543
ISBN10
0745671543
Publication Dates ROW:
Nov 2014
Publication Dates US:
Jan 2015
Publication Dates Aus & NZ:
Nov 2014


Format
224 x 145 mm
8.80 x 5.68 in
Pages
240 pages
Paperback
Status
Available
Edition
First Edition
ISBN
9780745671550
ISBN10
0745671551
Publication Dates ROW:
Nov 2014
Publication Dates US:
Jan 2015
Publication Dates Aus & NZ:
Nov 2014



Format
216 x 140 mm
8.50 x 5.50 in
Pages
240 pages
E-book
Status
Available
Edition
First Edition
ISBN
9780745689555
ISBN10
0745689558
Publication Dates ROW:
Dec 2014
Publication Dates US:
Dec 2014
Publication Dates Aus & NZ:


Format
229 x 152 mm
9.02 x 5.98 in
Pages
240 pages

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Reviews

"This compelling and original analysis by Michael Shapiro skilfully explores the relationship between violence, life, and the problem of justice. I found it hard to put down, and it will certainly be an important resource for students of film and media studies, literature, cultural studies, contemporary philosophy, and political science."
—Adrian Parr, University of Cincinnati

"We should all read and learn from Michael Shapiro's brilliantly conceived, strikingly original, and profoundly illuminating text. His use of movies, literature, and philosophy to expand our consciousness of the deep roots of atrocity, while contrasting what justice means for the imaginative mind with what passes for justice in a court of law, transforms conventional understandings of war crimes."
—Richard A. Falk, Princeton University

"Michael Shapiro is one of the most perceptive political analysts of our time. He is especially attuned to the dangers of unwarranted certainty and premature judgment, and is often brilliant at making connections between apparently distinct events. The argument is at once astute, provocative, and uplifting."
—R.B.J. Walker, University of Victoria, Canada and PUC-Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments vii

Introduction 1

1 The Global Justice Dispositif 13

2 Atrocity, Securitization, and Exuberant Lines of Flight 50

3 What does a Weapon See? 80

4 Borderline Justice 119

5 Justice and the Archives 154

Notes 186

Index 210

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Author Information

Michael J. Shapiro is Professor of Political Science at the University of Hawai’i at M noa

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