Torture and torturous violence : transcending definitions of torture /

With growing acknowledgement that torture is too narrowly defined in law, this book offers a nuanced reflection on the definition of torturous violence and its implications for survivors. Drawing on a decade of research with psychologists and women seeking asylum, Canning sets out the implications o...

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Main Author: Canning, Victoria (Author)
Format: eBook
Published: Bristol, UK : Bristol University Press, 2023.
Online Access:CONNECT
Table of Contents:
  • Front Cover
  • Torture and Torturous Violence: Transcending Definitions of Torture
  • Copyright information
  • Dedication
  • Table of contents
  • List of Figures and Tables
  • About the Author
  • Acknowledgements
  • Outline of Book
  • Introduction: Why 'Torture and Torturous Violence'?
  • Introduction
  • Outlining key legal definitions of torture
  • Addressing the complexities of torture and torturous violence
  • Methods and methodologies
  • A note on positionality and debates on the legitimacy of torture
  • Structure of this book
  • 1 Outlining the Definitional Boundaries of 'Torture'
  • Introduction
  • 'Torture': definitional developments and limitations
  • Moving towards three epistemological perspectives
  • 1. Orthodox legalism (strictly following legal conventions)
  • Role of the state
  • Systematic physical and psychological violence
  • Adhering to legal conventions, including changing as they evolve
  • 2. Legalist hybridity (taking a flexible approach between the application of legal conventions and wider definitions of torture and trauma)
  • The archetypal narrative: multifarious forms of violence can be torture, but torture is separately definable
  • Motivation matters
  • so does severity and impact
  • Survivor narratives do not always encompass the term 'torture', regardless of legal definitions
  • 3. Experiential epistemologies (building knowledge on experiences of survivors)
  • Defined by experience
  • Definitions of torture may be organizationally bound to legal norms, but not bound to individual perspectives
  • Where does 'torture' take place? Gendering torturous spatiality
  • Torture as a social contract
  • Group torture, witnessing and surveillance
  • The employment of medical practitioners and psychologists
  • Multiple perpetrator rape
  • The expanding realms and recognitions of torture
  • Conclusion
  • 2 'Wandering Throughout Lives': Outlining Forms and Impacts of Torture
  • Introduction
  • Prologue: why outline forms of torture?
  • Typologies of torture: situating mechanisms of physical and psychological violence
  • Forms of infliction: what do we mean when we talk about 'torture'?
  • The glocalization of torture
  • From repetitive beatings to imaginative inquisition
  • Psychological torture
  • The move to 'clean' torture
  • Deliberate permanency: when histories of torture lack an ending
  • The impacts and effects of torture
  • Impacts reported by practitioners working with survivors
  • Psychological
  • Physical and somatic
  • 'Wandering throughout lives': social, cultural and relational
  • Conclusion
  • 3 'I Wouldn't Call it Torture': Conceptualizing Torturous Violence
  • Introduction: thinking beyond states and state institutions
  • The legal and epistemological expansion of definitions of violence
  • What is torturous violence?
  • Moving from who perpetrates violence and why, to the infliction and impact of violence
  • 'It's non-stop. The violence continues': domestic and interpersonal violence as torturous