Terror, Terrorism, States & Societies: A Historical and Philosophical Perspective

by Ed. Samir Kumar Das, Ed. Rada Ivekovic

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The world today is marked by different kinds of terror-individual, state, anarchist, revolutionary, religious, imperial or communal; or the terror of insecurity or catastrophe ? each with its particular imprint. Their different ideological and philosophical justifications need to be understood, espe.....more


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The world today is marked by different kinds of terror-individual, state, anarchist, revolutionary, religious, imperial or communal; or the terror of insecurity or catastrophe ? each with its particular imprint. Their different ideological and philosophical justifications need to be understood, especially now, when distinctions between them have been obliterated by the blanket term, terrorism,' and the habit of calling those who practice this generalized ideology, 'terrorist'. This volume contains essays by international scholars, across different disciplines, and engages with several aspects of terror: as historical event; as a generalized discourse of ideology; as a feature in the continuum of violence; as 'extreme violence'; and has the final marker of identity ?ascribed, undertaken or imposed. The authors also discuss the historical and discursive relations between democracy and terror, liberalism and the rule of law, the 'war on terror' and the need for legitimacy; and a philosophical engagement with terror. Its scope ranges from the era of the Enlightenment and the French Revolution to the instruments of colonial terror, to post-colonialism and the global situation today, post-September11, 2001. A compelling and sober consideration of one of modernity's most intractable and complex issues.

About the author:

Samir Kumar Das is Professor of Political Science, University of Calcutta and President of the Calcutta Research Group. He is a postdoctoral Fellow (2005) of Social Science Research Council (South Asia Pragramme) and Deputy Coordinator of the University Grant Commission Programme on 'Democratic Governance in Indian States.' He specializes on issues of rights, justice and democracy. His publications include Conflict and Peace in India’s Northeast: Role of Civil Society (2208); Ethnicity, Nation and Security: Essays on Northeastern India (2004); Regionalism in Power(1998); and ULFA–A Political Analysis(1994).

Rada Ivekovic, philosopher, taught in the former Yugoslavia and, since 1991, in France. She has worked on Indian and Political philosophy, feminist theory, gender, nation, translation and on epistemological issues of interconnected and interactive philosophies. She is one the editorial board of Transeuropeenes, and of the scholars' network, TERRA, and a member of the college international de philosophie, Paris. Her books include: Captive Gender: Ethnic Stereotypes & Cultural Boundaries (2005); Partitions. Reshaping States and Minds(co-authored with S. Bianchini, S. Chaturvedi and R. Samaddar, 2005 and 2007); and Divided Countries, Separated Cities. The Modern Legacy of Partitions(Co-ed. With G. Glasson Deschaumes, 2003)

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ISBN 81-88965-56-1
Category History
Language English
Edition Edition Not Specified
Published in 2010
Publisher Women Unlimited
Condition Brand New
Pages 128
Width 5.5 inches
Height 8.7 inches
Tags Essays , Violence , War , Terrorism

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