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The Norm of Complicity and the Regeneration of Emergency through Violence

in Civic War & the Corruption of the Citizen

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780226522081
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226522104 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226522104.003.0005
The Norm of Complicity and the Regeneration of Emergency through Violence

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This chapter examines the role of violence in the norm of complicity and in the regeneration of emergency powers. In discuses the ways in which violence blurs boundaries that normally define social roles and common beliefs, and suggests that violence is a vehicle for highly exploitable modes of confusion and disorder capable of suspending disbelief. The chapter also contends that violence sustains the powers invoked in the name of emergency.

Keywords: violence; complicity; emergency powers; social roles; common beliefs

Chapter.  13547 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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