Democracy’s Empire: Sovereignty, Law and Violence

Motha, Stewart, ed. (2007) Democracy’s Empire: Sovereignty, Law and Violence. Journal of Law and Society, 34 (1). Blackwell, London, 160 pp. ISBN 1405163135. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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The essays in this volume take on the challenge of explaining the current formation of the relation between sovereignty, law and violence in what is termed 'Democracy's Empire'. "Democracy's Empire" captures the co-appearance of the proliferation of democracy as the political formation that institutes and sustains freedom, equality and emancipation - and along with it, the proliferation of death, destruction and the abject condition of life. A period of history where there was supposed to be some consensus about the legitimate source of authority and the legal structures that would administer such norms has turned out to be a time when war as a sovereign exception has been instituted in an ever increasing number of places.This volume contains a situated discussion of the institution of democracy and related juridico-political problems. From the death of politics in South Africa to the institution of a certain normalisation of death in the 'constitutional' process taking place in Iraq, this thought-provoking volume poses the problem of violence and death at the heart of the institution of democracy.

Item Type: Edited book
Additional information: Also published as Special Issue of the Journal of Law and Society
Subjects: K Law
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Law School
Depositing User: A. Davies
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2007 19:17
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2014 13:21
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