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Democracy in CrisisViolence, Alterity, Community$
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Stella Gaon

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780719079238

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719079238.001.0001

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Technologies of violence and vulnerability

Technologies of violence and vulnerability

(p.90) 4 Technologies of violence and vulnerability
Democracy in Crisis

Kelly Oliver

Manchester University Press

This chapter explores the ambiguity in the relation between violence and vulnerability to determine the putative difference between legitimate and illegitimate forms of violence, and between presumptions of innocence and culpability in relation to war. It argues that the capacity to wound is the original meaning of the word vulnerability, which is only secondarily defined as the susceptibility to being wounded. This chapter also considers the violence undertaken by the U.S. against detainees at Abu Ghraib. It also contends that the ambiguous position of the body in relation to technology within the Western imaginary makes it appear as both vulnerable and threatening.

Keywords:   violence, vulnerability, innocence, war, U.S., detainees, Abu Ghraib, technology

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