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Politics Most Unusual
Violence, Sovereignty and Democracy in the `War on Terror'
 
 
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11 Dec 2008
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How has September 11 and the declaration of the 'global war on terror' changed our conceptions of politics? How has it affected our understanding of democracy, human rights, personal freedom and government accountability? How should we respond in the face of growing violence and authoritarianism? In answering these questions, the authors engage in a comprehensive and critical analysis of politics in the age of terrorism. They explore different dimensions of a new political paradigm that has started to emerge in our societies, one characterized by an obsession with security, a loss of civil liberties and democratic transparency, government lies and cover-ups, the intrusion of religion into the public sphere, and an increasingly violent and militaristic foreign policy. In attempting to make sense of these developments, Politics Most Unusual examines a series of political, moral and psychological questions which are central to explaining politics in the age of terror.


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How has September 11 and the declaration of the 'global war on terror' changed our conceptions of politics? How has it affected our understanding of democracy, human rights, personal freedom and government accountability? How should we respond in the face of growing violence and authoritarianism? In answering these questions, the authors engage in a comprehensive and critical analysis of politics in the age of terrorism. They explore different dimensions of a new political paradigm that has started to emerge in our societies, one characterized by an obsession with security, a loss of civil liberties and democratic transparency, government lies and cover-ups, the intrusion of religion into the public sphere, and an increasingly violent and militaristic foreign policy. In attempting to make sense of these developments, Politics Most Unusual examines a series of political, moral and psychological questions which are central to explaining politics in the age of terror.


Reviews

'Politics Most Unusual is a significant contribution to the substantial literature taking a broadly 'critical' perspective on the nature of post-9/11 politics. Its key strength is the engagement with a psychoanalytic approach to understanding the nature and significance of neglected aspects of religion and prejudice in contemporary political life and the ways in which 'spin', dissimulation and straightforward lying have ceased to be the mortal sins of politics that they once were. The authors deserve credit for this significant contribution to debate in this field.' John Williams, Contemporary Political Theory


Contents

Preface 
The Politics of Security
Religion, Prejudice, Violence and Politics
Lying in the War on Terrorism
Sovereignty, Violence and the State of Exception
American Empire and its Discontents
The Lesser of Two Terrors: Ethical Questions
On Ways Forward
Index


Authors

DAMIAN COX is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Bond University, Australia. His publications include Integrity and the Fragile Self (2003, co-authored); and articles in metaphysics, epistemology, value theory, environmental ethics, philosophical psychology, and moral theory.

MICHAEL LEVINE is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Western Australia. Recent publications include Integrity and the Fragile Self (2003, co-authored); Racism in Mind (2003, co-edited), The Analytic Freud (editor); and articles on moral psychology, philosophy of religion, history of philosophy, metaphysics, and philosophy and architecture.

SAUL NEWMAN is Reader in Political Theory at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK. His research is in continental political theory, radical politics, and the politics of violence, terrorism and security. He is the author of From Bakunin to Lacan (2001); Power and Politics in Poststructuralist Thought (2005) Unstable Universalities (2007), as well as numerous journal articles.