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New open access e-book: Corruption and Torture

Professor Steffen Jensen has just a released a new book on the relationship between torture, ill-treatment and corruption. It shows how the most vulnerable - sexual minorities, street traders, immigrants and refugees as well as the urban poor - are the most likely victims of both extortion and violence and that these two are never far apart.

Why do people give money to the police? Because they have to! Or face the violent consequences! This book addresses policing torture and corruption as interlinked practices. Rather than separating corruption and torture, the collection suggests exploring their linkages in the everyday encounter between authority (state and non-state/formal and informal) and individuals through the central concept of violent exchange. This concept contributes to contextual and situated understandings of the everyday practices of rule of law, exercise of authority and all the small, often invisible ways people attempt to navigate to stay safe and maybe even express claims of belonging and rights. As such this book will provide a welcome contribution to policing and corruption studies as well as NGOs, human rights organizations and policy makers within the fields of state violence and corruption. 

"This is an innovative and thought-provoking book. It presents some very interesting and diverse empirical material from locations that are not usually juxtaposed in support of a convincing central thesis about the critical but under-appreciated linkages between corruption and torture".

Dennis Rodgers, Professor, University of Amsterdam

Forfattere: Steffen Jensen and Morten Koch Andersen
Forlag: Aalborg University Press
ISBN: 978-87-7112-664-8
Sider: 152
Udgivelsesår: 2017

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