Epilogue: The Traitors in Our Midst

Crystal Parikh

in An Ethics of Betrayal

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780823230426
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235070 | DOI:

Series: American Literatures Initiative

Epilogue: The Traitors in Our Midst

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This Epilogue addresses the significance of an ethics of betrayal in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, in the “war on terror.” It describes the emergence of supranational discursive formations that articulate race, nation, class, and religion in ways that supplement, antagonize, and threaten the modern nation-state system. It also considers the way in which these formations rebound upon Americans, both “generic” and minority subjects, in the terms of loyalty and betrayal inaugurated by the nation and the state, as well as in the ongoing ethical responsibilities of the emergent subjects in the war on terror and of human rights.

Keywords: 9/11; betrayal; war on terror; nation-state; human rights

Chapter.  4923 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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