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Speaker: Tyler Wall

Title: The Mahmudiyah Massacre & Imperial Accountability

Subtitle: A Critical Criminology of U.S. Empire

Conference: 62nd Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology: Crime and Social Institutions (November 17-20, 2010)

Session: 178: Critical and International Perspectives on Crime, the State, and Social Control

Place: San Francisco, California, United States

Date: November 17, 2010

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 21st Century | American History: U.S. History; Asian History: Iraqi History | Cases: Mahmudiyah Massacre; Cases: Offenders / James P. Barker, Paul E. Cortez, Steven Dale Green, Jesse V. Spielman; Cases: Victims / Abeer Qassim al-Janabi; Types: Gang Rape; Types: Wartime Sexual Violence / Iraq War; Victims: Age and Gender / Female Adolescents; Victims: Physical Consequences / Homicide




Speaker: Tyler Wall, Department of Sociology, University of Tennessee at Knoxville –

Abstract: »This paper is a critical criminology of U.S. empire and the production of violence and suffering in the occupation of Iraq. Specifically, this is done by discussing what has been called the Mahmudiyah Massacre – a particular “war crime” in 2006 where four U.S. soldiers participated in the murder of an Iraqi family and gang-rape and murder of a 14-year old Iraqi girl – Abeer Qassim al-Janabi. By providing a critical reading of the discourses and politics central to this specific crime of the U.S. state, this paper brings to the forefront how the brutal harms inflicted against Iraqi citizens by “humanitarian intervention” are often structured by racialized and sexualized fantasies of the foreign Other’s subjugation. Following this, the paper reflects on the complexities of allocating accountability for imperial injuring by situating the “war crime” of the Mahmudiyah killings within a broader context of the routine and legally-sanctioned operations of empire where mass-producing injury is simply “business as usual.” I engage trial transcripts, media articles, and government documents pertaining to the Mahmudiyah killings as well as a more general literature on state violence and crime, imperialism and inequality, responsibility and atrocity, and racialized and sexualized constructions of “us” and “them.”« (Source: All Academic)

Wikipedia: History of Asia: History of Iraq / History of Iraq (2003–2011) | History of the Americas: History of the United States / History of the United States (1991–2008) | Sex and the law: Gang rape, Wartime sexual violence | War: Iraq War | War crime: United States war crimes / Mahmudiyah rape and killings