Non-lethal Weapons as Legitimizing Forces?: Technology, Politics, and the Management of Conflict

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Psychology Press, 2003 - History - 286 pages
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As mankind finds ever more impious ways to kill and maim, some look to non-lethal weapons as a fix. Brian Rappert discusses the technologies involved and the ethics of, for example blinding someone with a laser, leaving them blind forever, versus killing them outright.
  

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Contents

Assessing Effects
91
Examining Major Deployments
122
The Prospects for Prohibitions
148
CS Sprays in Britain
175
Gauging Electroshock Weapons
202
Humanitarian Interventions Humanitarian Tools?
228
Conclusions and Recommendations
251
Select Bibliography
277
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BRIAN RAPPERT is an Associate Professor of Science, Technology and Public Affairs in the Department of Sociology & Philosophy at the University of Exeter, UK. His long term interest has been the examination of how choices can and are made about the regulation of technologies in conditions of uncertainty and disagreement.

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