Politics Most Unusual: Violence, Sovereignty and Democracy in the 'War on Terror'

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An original critical analysis of the 'war on terror' bringing together political theory, moral philosophy and psychoanalysis

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' 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

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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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