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Progressive violence : theorizing the War on Terror

Author: Michael Blain; Angeline Kearns Blain
Publisher: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2018.
Series: Routledge studies in social and political thought.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book examines the role of collective violence in the achievement of solidarity, shedding light on the difficulty faced by sociology in theorizing violence and warfare as a result of the discipline's tendency to idealize society in an attempt to legitimize the idea of progressive social change. Using the global War on Terror as a focal point, the authors develop this argument through the related issues of power,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Blain, Michael, 1943-
Progressive violence.
Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2018
(DLC) 2018010913
(OCoLC)1028520962
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Blain; Angeline Kearns Blain
ISBN: 9781351018081 1351018086 9781351018104 1351018108 9781351018104 9781351018098 1351018094 9781351018074 1351018078
OCLC Number: 1040592983
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Chapter 1 Introduction --
chapter 2 Imperial background and the US power elite --
chapter 3 Political victimage ritual, evil, and the problem of sadism --
chapter 4 Biopolitics of terrorism --
chapter 5 Ethics of truth.
Series Title: Routledge studies in social and political thought.
Responsibility: Michael Blain and Angeline Kearns-Blain.

Abstract:

This book examines the role of collective violence in the achievement of solidarity, shedding light on the difficulty faced by sociology in theorizing violence and warfare as a result of the discipline's tendency to idealize society in an attempt to legitimize the idea of progressive social change. Using the global War on Terror as a focal point, the authors develop this argument through the related issues of power, knowledge, and ethics, explaining the War on Terror in terms of the Anglo-American tradition of imperial power and domination. Exploring the victimage rituals through which society is brought together in the ritual domination and destruction of a constructed "villain," Progressive Violence: Theorizing the War on Terror also considers the price of the liberal moral values in terms of which the global war on terror is frequently justified, and the volume of "progressive violence" involved in advancing the cause of freedom. The authors use this case to theorize the general role of vicarious victimage ritual in the social genesis of political violence and sadism, and its calculated use by politicians to achieve their imperial aims. As such, it will appeal to scholars of sociology and social theory with interests in terrorism, violence, and geopolitics.
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