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Democracy's Empire: Sovereignty, Law, and Violence

Stewart Motha (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-6313-2
160 pages
April 2007, Wiley-Blackwell
Democracy
The essays in this volume take on the challenge of explaining the current formation of the relation between sovereignty, law and violence in what is termed ‘Democracy’s Empire’.

  • Contains a situated discussion of the institution of democracy and related
    juridico-political problems
  • Examines the historical and philosophical legacies which inform Democracy’s Empire – such as the Roman Republic, the separation between Church and State in the enlightenment, formations of revolutionary violence, and the relation between norm and exception
  • Poses the problem of violence and death at the heart of the institution of democracy including examples such as South Africa and Iraq
  • Offers a mixture of historical and philosophical treatment of democracy as a juridical problem of constitutional violence
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1. Democracy's Empire: Sovereignty, Law and Violence (Stewart Motha).

2. Church, State, Resistance (Jean-Luc Nancy).

3. Constitutional Violence (David Bates).

4. Sovereignty, Exception, and Norm (Andrew Norris).

5. Undoing Legal Violence: Walter Benjamin's and Giorgio Agamben's Aesthetics of Pure Means (Benjamin Morgan).

6. The Normality of the Exception in Democracy's Empire (Peter Fitzpatrick and Richard Joyce).

7. Post-Apartheid Social Movements and the Quest for the Elusive 'New' South Africa (Tshepo Madlingozi).

8. The Violence of Non-Violence: Law and War in Iraq (Samera Esmeir).

9. Performing Power: The Deal, Corporate Rule, and the Constitution of Global Legal Order (Fleur Johns).

10. Veiled Women and the Affect of Religion in Democracy (Stewart Motha)
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Stewart Motha is Lecturer in Law at the University of Kent.
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  • Explains the current formation of the relation between sovereignty, law and violence in what is termed ‘Democracy’s Empire’
  • Contains a situated discussion of the institution of democracy and related
    juridico-political problems
  • Examines the historical and philosophical legacies which inform Democracy’s Empire – such as the Roman Republic, the separation between Church and State in the enlightenment, formations of revolutionary violence, and the relation between norm and exception
  • Poses the problem of violence and death at the heart of the institution of democracy including examples such as South Africa and Iraq
  • Offers a mixture of historical and philosophical treatment of democracy as a juridical problem of constitutional violence
See More
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