Self-defense : a philosophy of violence

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Aarons, Kieran, translator.
London ; Verso, 2022.


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London ; Verso, 2022.
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xx, 250 pages ; 21 cm


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Originally published in French as Se defendre: Une philosophie de la violence © Editions LA DÉCOUVERTE, Paris, France, 2017.
Includes bibliographical references (pages [183]-250).
Is violent self-defense ethical? In the history of colonialism, racism, sexism, capitalism, there has long been a dividing line between bodies "worthy of defending" and those who have been disarmed and rendered defenseless. That those subject to the most violence--the enslaved, the colonized, the oppressed--have been forcibly made defenseless raises, for any movement of liberation, a question: Can violence be used in the interests of self-defense? Philosopher Elsa Dorlin looks across the global history of the left to trace the politics, philosophy, and ethics of self-defense. With a historical gaze that captures slave revolts, British suffragists' training in jujitsu, and the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising to the Black Panther Party, queer neighborhood patrols, and Black Lives Matter, Dorlin discovers a "martial ethics of the self": a practice in which violent self-defense is the only means for the oppressed to ensure survival and to build a livable future. --Back cover.
Translated from the French.
Winner of the Prix Frantz Fanon in 2018 and Prix De L'Ecrit Social in 2019.

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APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

Dorlin, E., & Aarons, K. (2022). Self-defense: a philosophy of violence (English-language edition.). Verso.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Dorlin, Elsa and Kieran, Aarons. 2022. Self-defense: A Philosophy of Violence. Verso.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Dorlin, Elsa and Kieran, Aarons. Self-defense: A Philosophy of Violence Verso, 2022.

MLA Citation, 9th Edition (style guide)

Dorlin, Elsa,, and Kieran Aarons. Self-defense: A Philosophy of Violence English-language edition., Verso, 2022.

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