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The Law Is a White Dog: How Legal Rituals Make and Unmake Persons

Colin Dayan


Abused dogs, prisoners tortured in Guantánamo and supermax facilities, or slaves killed by the state—all are deprived of personhood through legal acts. Such deprivations have recurred throughout history, and the law sustains these terrors and banishments even as it upholds the civil order. Examining such troubling cases, this book tackles key societal questions: How does the law construct our identities? How do its rules and sanctions make or unmake persons? And how do the supposedly rational claims of the law define marginal entities, both natural and supernatural, including ghosts, dogs, sla ... More

Keywords: deprivation, banishment, slavery, punishment, torture, felons, slaves, civil death, lawful repression, American prison system

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780691070919
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691070919.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Colin Dayan, author
Vanderbilt University

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