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Violent Democracy

Violent Democracy

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  • Date Published: February 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521603102

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  • Challenging conventional wisdom, Daniel Ross demonstrates how violence is an integral part of the democratic system, from its origins as well as its globalized future. Ross analyzes controversial examples of global terrorism and security, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the relationship of colonial powers to indigenous populations, and the treatment of asylum seekers in this context.

    • Written with a rigorous, yet accessible, style which rejects specialist jargon and lengthy references to political and philosophical theory
    • Posits the controversial theory that there is violence inherent in democracy
    • Challenges the views of those on both the left and right of the political spectrum about issues from refugee policy to global terrorism
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    'This highly-topical book examines how democracies are trying to cope with the potentially endless war on terrorism. The author argues that the origin and heart of democracy is essentially violent and that the threat of terrorist attack is not only exposing new forms of 'democratic violence' but could transform the very character of the democracies we seek to defend. Do we have the right, for example, to bring democracy to others by force? A revealing and disturbing work that every democratic leader should study while there is still time.' Phillip Knightley, author of The Second Oldest Profession

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    • Date Published: February 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521603102
    • length: 192 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 11 mm
    • weight: 0.25kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. The high horse and the low road
    2. Strangers in a familiar land
    3. Sorry we killed you
    4. The great debate
    5. Border protection and alien friends
    6. Enemy combatants.

  • Author

    Daniel Ross, Monash University, Victoria
    Daniel Ross recently obtained a doctorate in political science from Monash University, under the title 'Heidegger and the Question of the Political'. He is also co-director of the recent film The Ister.

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