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Fanon and amery: theory, torture and the prospect of humanism

By Paul Gilroy

Abstract

This article examines the different ways in which torture can be seen to have shaped the political and theoretical outlook of Frantz Fanon and that of his enthusiastic reader, the former Auschwitz prisoner Jean Améry. Building on the latter’s suggestion that torture was the essence of the Third Reich, the reader is asked to apply that insight to an unconventional interpretation of the routinization of torture in contemporary statecraft

Topics: HM Sociology, JA Political science (General)
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Year: 2010
DOI identifier: 10.1177/0263276410383716
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.lse.ac.uk:37121
Provided by: LSE Research Online
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