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The Culture of Exception

Sociology Facing the Camp, 1st Edition

By Bulent Diken, Carsten B. Laustsen


224 pages

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We live in an ever-fragmenting society, in which distinctions between culture and nature, biology and politics, law and transgression, mobility and immobility, reality and representation, seem to be disappearing. This book demonstrates the hidden logic beneath this process, which is also the logic of 'the camp'. Social theory has traditionally interpreted the camp as an anomaly, as an exceptional site situated on the margins of society, aiming to neutralize its 'failed citizens' and 'enemies'. However, in contemporary society, 'the camp' has now become the rule and consequently a new interrogation of its logic is necessary.

In this exceptional volume, the authors explore the paradox of the camp, as representing both an old fear of enclosure and a new dream of belonging. They illustrate their arguments by drawing on contemporary sites of exemption - such as refugee camps, rape camps and favelas - as well as sites of self-exemption including gated communities, party tourism and celebrity cultures.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction. A Sociology of the Camp? Part 1: Theorizing the Camp 2. Exception and Emergency 3. Biopolitics 4. Risk and Terror Part 2: Inside the Camp 5. Spaces: From Refugee Camps to Gated Communities 6. Bodies: From Rape Camps to Sex Tourism 7. Fantasies: From Fight Club to September 11 8. In/Exclusions: From Favelas to the Spaces of Stardom Part 3: Escaping the Camp 9. Ethics After the Camp 10. Sociology After the Camp

About the Authors

Bülent Diken teaches at Lancaster University, Department of Sociology. His research focuses on social theory, urbanism, mobility, post-structuralist philosophy and immigration.

Carsten Bagge Laustsen teaches at Aarhus University, Department of Political Sciences. His research focuses on social theory, poststructuralist international relations theory and political theory.

About the Series

International Library of Sociology

The International Library of Sociology (ILS) is the most important series of books on sociology ever published. Founded in the 1940s by Karl Mannheim, the series became the forum for pioneering research and theory, marked by comparative approaches and the identification of new directions in sociology, publishing major figures in Anglo-American and European sociology, from Durkheim and Weber to Parsons and Gouldner, and from Ossowski and Klein to Jasanoff and Walby.

Its new editors, John Holmwood (University of Nottingham, UK) and Vineeta Sinha (National University of Singapore), plan to develop the series as a truly global project, reflecting new directions and contributions outside its traditional centres, and connecting with the original aim of the series to produce sociological knowledge that addresses pressing global social problems and supports democratic debate.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General