Violent Democracy

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Cambridge University Press, Jan 28, 2005 - Political Science
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This fascinating and provocative 2005 book will change the way you think about democracy. Challenging conventional wisdom, Daniel Ross shows how from its origins and into its globalized future, violence is an integral part of the democratic system. He draws on the examples of global terrorism and security, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the relation of colonial powers to indigenous populations, and the treatment of asylum seekers. His analysis of these controversial issues moves beyond the comfortable stances of both left and right to show that democracy is violent, from its beginning and at its heart.
 

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Contents

Introduction page
1
The High Horse and the Low Road
14
Strangers in a Familiar Land
36
Sorry We Killed You
59
The Great Debate
80
Border Protection and Alien Friends
104
Enemy Combatants
124
The Politics of Torture
151
Notes
174
Index
181
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About the author (2005)

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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