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Rightlessness: Testimony and Redress in U.S. Prison Camps since World War II

A. Naomi Paik


This book grapples with the history of U.S. prison camps that have confined people outside the boundaries of legal and civil rights. Removed from the social and political communities that would guarantee fundamental legal protections, these detainees are effectively rightless, stripped of the right even to have rights. Rightless people thus expose an essential paradox: while the United States purports to champion inalienable rights at home and internationally, it has built its global power in part by creating a regime of imprisonment that places certain populations perceived as threats beyond ... More

Keywords: Testimony, rightlessness, detention camps, Guantánamo, Haitian refugees, War on Terror, Japanese American internment, human rights, prisons, U.S. imperialism, [Extras: racism, critical legal studies, citizenship, immigration]

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781469626314
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469626314.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

A. Naomi Paik, author