At the Limits of Justice: Women of Colour on Terror

At the Limits of Justice: Women of Colour on Terror

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Edited by Suvendrini Perera and Sherene H. Razack
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The fear and violence that followed the events of September 11, 2001 touched lives all around the world, even in places that few would immediately associate with the global war on terror. In At the Limits of Justice, twenty-nine contributors from six countries explore the proximity of terror in their own lives and in places ranging from Canada and the United States to Jamaica, Palestine/Israel, Australia, Guyana, Chile, Pakistan, and across the African continent.

In this collection, female scholars of colour – including leading theorists on issues of indigeneity, race, and feminism – examine the political, social, and personal repercussions of the war on terror through contributions that range from testimony and poetry to scholarly analysis. Inspired by both the personal and the global impact of this violence within the war on terror, they expose the way in which the war on terror is presented as a distant and foreign issue at the same time that it is deeply present in the lives of women and others all around the world.

An impassioned but rigorous examination of issues of race and gender in contemporary politics, At the Limits of Justice is also a call to create moral communities which will find terror and violence unacceptable.

Suvendrini Perera is a professor in the Department of Communication and Cultural Studies at Curtin University.

Sherene H. Razack is a professor in the Department of Social Justice at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto.

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Introduction: At the Limits of Justice: Women of Colour on Terror (Suvendrini Perera and Sherene H. Razack)

Section One: Mundane Terror/(Un)Liveable Lives 
Ch. 1: Introduction (Laura Kwak)
Ch. 2: Violence and Terror in a Colonized Country: Canada’s Indian Residential School System (Robina Thomas)
Ch. 3: Terrorism and the Birthing Body in Jerusalem (Nadera Shalhoub Kevorkian)
Ch. 4: The Manufacture of Torture as Public Truth: The Case of Omar Khadr (Sherene H. Razack)
Ch. 5: Surveillance Effects: South Asian, Arab, and Afghan American Youth in the War on Terror (Sunaina Maira)
Ch. 6: The Biopolitics of Christian Persecution (Andrea Smith)

Section Two: Violence in a Far Country: Other Women’s Lives
Ch.7: Introduction (Roshan Jahangeer & Shaira Vadasaria)
Ch. 8: "Collateral violence": Women Rights and National Security in Pakistan's War on Terror (Amina Jamal)
Ch. 9: “Outsourcing Patriarchy: Feminist Encounters, transnational mediations and the crime of "Honor killings" (Inderpal Grewal)
Ch. 10: Diasporas of Empire: Arab Americans and the Reverberations of War (Nadine Naber)
Ch. 11: Sovereignty, War on Terror and Violence against Women (Meyda Yegenoglu)

Section Three: Terror and the Limits of Remembering 
Ch. 12: Introduction (Kendra-Ann Pitt)
Ch. 13: “Weeping is Singing”: After War, a Transnational Lament (Merlinda Bobis)
Ch. 14: Gone but not Forgotten: Memorial Murals, Vigils and the Politics of Popular Commemoration in Jamaica (Honor Ford Smith)
Ch. 15: “Lest We Forget”: Terror and the Politics of Commemoration in Guyana (Alissa Trotz)
Ch. 16: “Tortured Bodies”: The Biopolitics of Torture and Truth in Chile (Teresa Macias)

Section Four: Thinking Humanitarianism/Thinking Terror
Ch. 17: Introduction (Gulzar R. Charania)
Ch. 18: From the Northern Territory Emergency Response to Stronger Futures – Where is the Evidence that Australian Aboriginal Women are Leading Self-Determining Lives? (Nicole Watson)
Ch. 19: Power In/Through Speaking of Terror: The Geopolitics and Anti-Politics of Discourses on Violence in Other Places (Sedef Arat-Koç)
Ch. 20: Africa, 9/11 and the Temporality and Spatiality of Race and Terror (Malinda S Smith)
Ch. 21: Humanitarianism as Planetary Politics (Miriam Ticktin)

Section Five: Terror Circuits
Ch. 22: Introduction (Hena Tyyebi)
Ch. 23: Visual Colonial Economies and Slave Death in Modernity: Bin Laden’s Terror? (Anna M. Agathangelou)
Ch. 24: Viewing Violence in a Far Country: Abu Ghraib and Terror’s New Performativities (Suvendrini Perera)
Ch. 25: Fighting Terror: Race, Sex and the Monstrosity of Islam (Sunera Thobani)

Section Six: Theorizing (at) the Limits of Justice
Ch. 26: Introduction (Nashwa Salem)
Ch. 27: In Terror, In Love, Out of Time (Asma Abbas)
Ch. 28: Radical Praxis or Knowing (at) the Limits of Justice  (Denise Ferreira da Silva)
Ch. 29: Unsewing My Lips, Breathing my Voice: The Spoken and Unspoken Truth of Transnational Violence (Omeima Sukkarieh)
Ch. 30: Mori Cards: The Body Bags Installation (Omeima Sukkarieh)

List of Contributors

“This rich and thoughtful edited volume challenges us to think through the meaning of terror, its everyday affects and effects, its echoes across the ocean, its memories and commemorations, and the circuits of power and politics through which it travels. The authors use their ‘racialized and gendered positioning in [their] current locations’ to theorize the interconnections between different sites and bodies subjected to terror.  The collection is remarkably coherent, an imaginative, thought-provoking, and committed work of scholarship and politics.”

Laleh Khalili, Professor of Middle East Politics, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

“From bearing witness to the violence that children of First Nations people faced in Canada to the effects of the everyday forms of surveillance tactics that youth of Arab and South Asian descent face in the Silicon Valley, At the Limits of Justice offers a rich tapestry of case studies that illuminate the multiplicity of projects of violence in the past and in the contemporary era of new imperialism.”

Eunice Sahle, Department of Africa, African American, and Diaspora Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

At the Limits of Justice is the single most comprehensive collection of perspectives on this topic. The voices it presents are powerful, passionate, and rooted in a deep understanding of the oppression women have faced and continue to face. The book does not simply rehash old accepted theories. It pushes the edges and challenges the reader to consider that which is not mainstream.”

Lowell Ewert, Director, Peace and Conflict Studies Program, Conrad Grebel University College, University of Waterloo