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War and liberal modernity: a biopolitical critique

Julian Reid

in The Biopolitics of the War on Terror

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print December 2006 | ISBN: 9780719074059
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701676 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719074059.003.0001
War and liberal modernity: a biopolitical critique

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This chapter begins with a discussion of the concept of liberal modernity. It then sets out the purpose of the book, which is to trace the development of liberal regimes back to the origins of their emergence in the eighteenth century and the development of the techniques with which they first set out to posit a solution to the problem of war through the pacification of life and the imposition of liberal accounts of humanity within their own and other societies. In order to examine liberal regimes biopolitically, this book develops an overtly Foucauldian analysis. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords: liberalism; Foucault; liberal regimes; war; international relations

Chapter.  8043 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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