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The Biopolitics of the War on Terror
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The Biopolitics of the War on Terror: Life Struggles, Liberal Modernity and the Defence of Logistical Societies

Julian Reid


This is a book which aims to overturn existing understandings of the origins and futures of the War on Terror for the purposes of International Relations theory. As the book shows, this is not a war in defence of the integrity of human life against an enemy defined simply by a contradictory will for the destruction of human life as commonly supposed by its liberal advocates. It is a war over the political constitution of life in which the limitations of liberal accounts of humanity are being put to the test if not rejected outright.

Keywords: War on Terror, International Relations theory, human life, humanity, defence, biopolitics, terrorism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780719074059
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719074059.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Julian Reid, author