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By Sherene Razack

3 stereotypical figures have come to symbolize the 'war on terror'—the 'dangerous' Muslim guy, the 'imperilled' Muslim lady, and the 'civilized' eu. Casting Out explores using those characterizations within the production of the parable of the relatives of democratic Western countries obliged to exploit political, army, and criminal strength to shield itself opposed to a menacing 3rd global inhabitants. It argues that this fable is promoted to justify the expulsion of Muslims from the political group, a method that takes the shape of stigmatization, surveillance, incarceration, torture, and bombing.

In this well timed and arguable paintings, Sherene H. Razack appears at modern felony and social responses to Muslims within the West and areas them in historic context. She explains how 'race thinking,' a constitution of proposal that divides up the area among the deserving and unfit in response to racial descent, accustoms us to the concept that the suspension of rights for racialized teams is warranted within the pursuits of nationwide safeguard. She discusses many examples of the establishment and implementation of exclusionary and coercive practices, together with the mistreatment of safety detainees, the law of Muslim populations within the identify of defending Muslim girls, and prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib. She explores how the denial of a standard bond among eu humans and people of other origins has given upward thrust to the proliferation of literal and figurative 'camps,' locations or our bodies the place liberties are suspended and the rule of thumb of legislations doesn't apply.

Combining wealthy theoretical views and broad examine, Casting Out makes a huge contribution to modern debates on race and the 'war on terror' and their implications in components comparable to legislations, politics, cultural reports, feminist and gender reviews, and race relatives.

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Whereas it is principally the men of the West who engage in actual policing (with notable exceptions in camps such as Abu Ghraib where there were also some women guards), it falls to the women of the ruling race to police the colour line in a different way. They mark the West as a place of values, and the non-West as a place of culture, a line in the sand drawn by comparing their own apparently emancipated status with that of their non-Western sisters. 57 In this book, I devote considerable space to how some Western feminists participate in empire through the politics of rescue, unhesitatingly installing the idea that it is through gender that we can tell the difference between those who are modern and those who are not.

32 In their much-discussed book Empire, Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri consider today’s empire a new phenomenon, one that builds on the imperialism of old but is nonetheless a new juridical formation. Empire, they argue, projects a single supranational figure of political power and is based on a new notion of right. The exception is central to this new form of sovereignty: ‘The concept of empire is presented as a global concert under the direction of a single conductor, a unitary power that maintains the social peace and produces its ethical truths.

It targets and condemns through launching Hassan Almrei into a state of exception, a place in law where he has limited due-process rights. Hassan Almrei’s situation arises out of a section of the Immigration Act that authorizes security certificates, and thus the state of exception into which he is plunged is part of the legal structure in which non-citizens have fewer rights than do citizens. 5 A security certificate, issued by the minister of citizenship and immigration and the solicitor general, and authorized under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, permits the detention and expulsion of non-citizens who are considered to be a threat to national security.

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