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By Andrew W. Neal

This e-book is an research and critique of the suggestions of ‘exception’ and ‘exceptionalism’ within the context of the politics of liberty and safety within the so-called ‘War on Terror’.


Since the destruction of the realm exchange Centre on September 11th 2001, a impressive transformation has happened in political discourse and perform. Politicians and commentators have often made the argument that the principles of the sport have replaced, that it is a new type of warfare, and that unheard of occasions require unprecedented measures. below this discourse of exceptionalism, an array of measures were positioned into perform, resembling detention with no trial, ‘extraordinary rendition’, derogations from human rights legislations, sanction or connivance in torture, the curtailment of civil liberties, and competitive struggle opposed to overseas legislation.


Situating exceptionalism in the post-9/11 controversy concerning the courting among liberty and protection, this ebook argues that the matter of exceptionalism emerges from the bounds and paradoxes of liberal democracy itself. it's a remark and critique of either modern practices of exceptionalism and the severe debate that has shaped in reaction. via a close evaluate of the main theoretical contributions to the controversy, this ebook develops exceptionalism as a serious instrument. It additionally engages with the matter of exceptionalism as a discursive declare, as a method, as an idea, as a theoretical challenge and as a practice.


This is the 1st booklet to catch the significance of the exceptionalism debate in one quantity, and should be of a lot curiosity to scholars of serious protection reports, political philosophy, IR idea and sociology.

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