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Published: 01 August 2013

272 Pages

6 x 9 inches

ISBN: 9780823251360

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Sovereignty and Its Other

Toward the Dejustification of Violence

Dimitris Vardoulakis

A Fordham University Press Publication

Commonalities (FUP)

  • This book develops a history of the concept of sovereignty by focusing on the use of the mystique of danger to strengthen the claims of the state.
  • It makes its argument via detailed readings of four moments in history, each linked to a specific literary example: ancient sovereignty, via Antigone; modern absolute sovereignty, via Hamlet; modern popular sovereignty, via Kleist's Michael Kohlhaas, and biopower, via Coetzee's Life and Times of Michael K.
  • The author does something quite new, to the best of my knowledge, in setting sovereignty in opposition to democracy, the latter seen as defined by judgment.

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