The Thanksgiving Turkey Pardon, the Death of Teddy's Bear and the Sovereign Exception of Guantanamo - Prickly paradigm (Paperback)Magnus Fiskesjo (author)
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Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Number of pages: 80
Weight: 74 g
Dimensions: 179 x 117 x 6 mm
Edition: 2nd ed.
"In The Thanksgiving Turkey Pardon, Swedish anthropologist Magnus Fiskesjo, sees in the annual presidential reprieve of an otherwise doomed turkey something much more than a lark. (Just ask a vegetarian; it's no joke.) It is really a symbolic pardoning act which, through public performance, establishes and manifests the sovereign's position at the helm of the state by highlighting . . . his power to control matters of life and death.' That observation leads Fiskesjo to some troubling thoughts on the exercise of U.S. sovereignty, from Teddy Roosevelt's big-stick era to the holding of prisoners at Guantanamo."--"Washington Post Book World
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