The Right to Maim: Debility, Capacity, Disability

TitleThe Right to Maim: Debility, Capacity, Disability
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsPuar, Jasbir K.
Number of Pages267
PublisherDuke University Press
CityDurham,NC
Abstract

In The Right to Maim, Jasbir K. Puar brings her pathbreaking work on the liberal state, sexuality, and biopolitics to bear on our understanding of disability. Drawing on a stunning array of theoretical and methodological frameworks, Puar uses the concept of “debility”—bodily injury and social exclusion brought on by economic and political factors—to disrupt the category of disability. She shows how debility, disability, and capacity together constitute an assemblage that states use to control populations. Puar's analysis culminates in an interrogation of Israel's policies toward Palestine, in which she outlines how Israel brings Palestinians into biopolitical being by designating them available for injury. Supplementing its right to kill with what Puar calls the right to maim, the Israeli state relies on liberal frameworks of disability to obscure and enable the mass debilitation of Palestinian bodies.

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