9780814723760

Social Death

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  • ISBN13:

    9780814723760

  • ISBN10:

    0814723764

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 11/12/2012
  • Publisher: New York Univ Pr

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Summary

Social Deathtackles one of the core paradoxes of social justice struggles and scholarshipthat 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 Deathchallenges 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.

Author Biography

Lisa Marie Cacho is an associate professor of Latina/Latino Studies and Asian American Studies, with affiliations in Gender and Womens Studies and English, at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: The Violence of Valuep. 1
White Entitlement and Other Peoples Crimesp. 35
Beyond Ethical Obligationp. 61
Grafting Terror onto Illegalityp. 97
Immigrant Rights versus Civil Rightsp. 115
Conclusion: Racialized Hauntings of the Devalued Deadp. 147
Notesp. 169
Indexp. 213
About the Authorp. 224
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