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The Barren sacrifice : an essay on political violence, by Paul Dumouchel ; translated by Mary Baker

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The Barren sacrifice : an essay on political violence
Title
The Barren sacrifice
Title remainder
an essay on political violence
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by Paul Dumouchel ; translated by Mary Baker
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  • eng
  • fre
  • eng
Summary
According to political theory, the primary function of the modern state is to protect its citizens--both from each other and from external enemies. Yet it is the states that essentially commit major forms of violence, such as genocides, ethnic cleansings, and large-scale massacres, against their own citizens. In this book Paul Dumouchel argues that this paradoxical reversal of the state's primary function into violence against its own members is not a mere accident but an ever-present possibility that is inscribed in the structure of the modern state. Modern states need enemies to exist and to persist, not because they are essentially evil but because modern politics constitutes a violent means of protecting us against our own violence. If they cannot--if we cannot--find enemies outside the state, they will find them inside. However, this institution is today coming to an end, not in the sense that states are disappearing, but in the sense that they are increasingly failing to protect us from our own violence. That is why the violent sacrifices that they ask from us, in wars and even in times of peace, have now become barren
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1951-
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Dumouchel, Paul
Dewey number
320.1
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English
Literary form
non fiction
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dictionaries
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Baker, Mary,
Series statement
Studies in violence, mimesis, and culture
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  • Political violence
  • State, The
  • Legitimacy of governments
  • Human rights
  • War
  • Terrorism
  • State-sponsored terrorism
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The Barren sacrifice : an essay on political violence, by Paul Dumouchel ; translated by Mary Baker
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Contents
Introduction -- 1. Solidarity and enmity -- 2. The state, violence, and groups -- 3. Territory and war -- 4. The traitor and reason -- 5. Indifference and charity -- 6. Social justice and territory -- Epilogue
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9781609174705
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(OCoLC)945975184
Label
The Barren sacrifice : an essay on political violence, by Paul Dumouchel ; translated by Mary Baker
Publication
Copyright
Antecedent source
unknown
Color
multicolored
Contents
Introduction -- 1. Solidarity and enmity -- 2. The state, violence, and groups -- 3. Territory and war -- 4. The traitor and reason -- 5. Indifference and charity -- 6. Social justice and territory -- Epilogue
Control code
ocn945975184
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unknown
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1 online resource
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unknown
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online
Isbn
9781609174705
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unknown
Note
eBooks on EBSCOhost
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not applicable
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unknown
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unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
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(OCoLC)945975184

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