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‘War, Politics, Race: Reflections on Violence in the ‘War on Terror’

Newman, Saul and Levine, Michael. 2006. ‘War, Politics, Race: Reflections on Violence in the ‘War on Terror’. Theoria, 53(110), pp. 23-49. ISSN 0040-5817 [Article]

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The authors argue that the 'war on terror' marks the ultimate convergence of war with politics, and the virtual collapse of any meaningful distinction between them. Not only does it signify the breakdown of international relations norms but also the militarization of internal life and political discourse. They explore the 'genealogy' of this situation firstly through the notion of the 'state of exception'—in which sovereign violence becomes indistinct from the law that is supposed to curtail it—and secondly through Foucault's idea that politics is essentially a form of warfare. They suggest that these two ways of approaching the question of violence can only be understood through a racist dimension, which forms the hidden underside of the 'war on terrorism'. In other words, our contemporary situation is characterized by the mobilization not only of fundamentalist and conservative ideologies, but, increasingly, racial antagonisms and prejudices directed towards the Muslim other.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.3167/004058106780501348

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Politics

Dates:

DateEvent
August 2006Published

Item ID:

12613

Date Deposited:

11 Aug 2015 13:55

Last Modified:

30 Jun 2017 12:21

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/12613

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