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Exceptionalism and the Politics of Counter-Terrorism - Liberty, Security and the War on Terror (Electronic book text)
Exceptionalism and the Politics of Counter-Terrorism - Liberty, Security and the War on Terror (Electronic book text): Andrew...
Exceptionalism and the Politics of Counter-Terrorism - Liberty, Security and the War on Terror (Electronic book text): Andrew...

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Exceptionalism and the Politics of Counter-Terrorism - Liberty, Security and the War on Terror (Electronic book text)

Andrew W. Neal

Series: Routledge Studies in Liberty and Security

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This book is an analysis and critique of the concepts of `exception' and `exceptionalism' in the context of the politics of liberty and security in the so-called `War on Terror'. Since the destruction of the World Trade Centre on September 11th 2001, a notable transformation has occurred in political discourse and practice. Politicians and commentators have frequently made the argument that the rules of the game have changed, that this is a new kind of war, and that exceptional times require exceptional measures. Under this discourse of exceptionalism, an array of measures have been put into practice, such as detention without trial, `extraordinary rendition', derogations from human rights law, sanction or connivance in torture, the curtailment of civil liberties, and aggressive war against international law. Situating exceptionalism within the post-9/11 controversy about the relationship between liberty and security, this book argues that the problem of exceptionalism emerges from the limits and paradoxes of liberal democracy itself. It is a commentary and critique of both contemporary practices of exceptionalism and the critical debate that has formed in response. Through a detailed assessment of the key theoretical contributions to the debate, this book develops exceptionalism as a critical tool. It also engages with the problem of exceptionalism as a discursive claim, as a strategy, as a concept, as a theoretical problem and as a practice. This is the first book to capture the importance of the exceptionalism debate in a single volume, and will be of much interest to students of critical security studies, political philosophy, IR theory and sociology.

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Imprint: Routledge
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Series: Routledge Studies in Liberty and Security
Release date: October 2009
First published: 2010
Authors: Andrew W. Neal
Format: Electronic book text
Pages: 208
ISBN-13: 978-1-135-26865-7
Barcode: 9781135268657
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LSN: 1-135-26865-7

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