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Torture, Migration, and State Violence in Contemporary Spain

Olga Jubany    Universitat de Barcelona, Espanya    

Alèxia Rué    Universitat de Barcelona, Espanya    

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abstract

Whilst torture is an age-old phenomenon, prevalent in Western societies since the oldest available records, the twentieth century brought about significant transformations in its conceptualisation. Torture remains the subject of complex and controversial debates, both from academic, political, and legal approaches. Dwelling on the current problematisations of this concept that recognises torture within the logic of its social production, this text explores the connection – and its omission – between State violence and torture against migrants. The chapter examines the case of the Spanish State’s failure to protect migrant victims of torture’s rights, as well as the physical aggression at borders, by which migrants are subjected to different forms of violence by the migration control apparatus.

Published
Jan. 11, 2023
Accepted
June 1, 2022
Submitted
May 11, 2022
Language
EN
ISBN (PRINT)
978-88-6969-636-7
ISBN (EBOOK)
978-88-6969-635-0

Keywords: TortureMigrationAsylum SeekersNeglectAsylum seekersViolenceSpain

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