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The Challenges of Democracy in the War on Terror
The Liberal State before the Advance of Terrorism

ISBN 9781138609327
Published August 16, 2018 by Routledge
150 Pages

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Book Description

This book unravels the role of democracy after the 9/11 terrorist attacks and reflects important debates surrounding the security of Muslim communities in the years to come. It looks at the problems of torture, violence and the legal resources available to contemporary democracies to confront terrorism.

While terrorism is often regarded as one of the major threats to the West and the nation-state, this book explores the notion that a disciplined sense of terror is what keeps society working. The strengths and limitations of liberalism are examined, as well as the ethical dilemma of torture and human right violations in the struggle against terrorism. This book carefully dissects the origin of the nation-state and how it keeps society united.

The author offers a creative and unique approach to democracy and worldwide terrorism, exploring the consequences for the nation-state. This book looks at the connections between terrorism, mobility, consumption, torture and fear. It will be of interest to researchers as well as postgraduate and postdoctoral students within the fields of Human Geography, Politics, Media and International Relations.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. The Liberal State 2. Neoliberalism, Consumption and Poverty 3. The Rise of Terror in the Society of the Spectacle 4. Is Torture Enough? 5. The Dark Side of Technologies: The Industry of Fear and the Spocalypse 6. Terrorism, Tourism and Hospitality: Dying in New York City 7. The Democracy and its Faces: The Problem of Islamophobia

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Maximiliano E. Korstanje is Senior Researcher in the Department of Economics at University of Palermo, Argentina. He was awarded Visiting Research Fellow at the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds, UK, and at the University of Havana, Cuba. He was recently awarded Emeritus Chief Editor of the Journal of Cyber Warfare and Terrorism. His recent books include The Rise of Thana-Capitalism and Tourism (2016), Terrorism, Tourism and the End of Hospitality in the West (2017), and Mobilities Paradox: A Critical Analysis (2017).