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The Biopolitics of the War on TerrorLife Struggles, Liberal Modernity and the Defence of Logistical Societies$
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Julian Reid

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780719074059

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719074059.001.0001

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War and liberal modernity: a biopolitical critique

War and liberal modernity: a biopolitical critique

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(p.1) 1 War and liberal modernity: a biopolitical critique
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The Biopolitics of the War on Terror
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Julian Reid

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719074059.003.0001

This chapter begins with a discussion of the concept of liberal modernity. It then sets out the purpose of the book, which is to trace the development of liberal regimes back to the origins of their emergence in the eighteenth century and the development of the techniques with which they first set out to posit a solution to the problem of war through the pacification of life and the imposition of liberal accounts of humanity within their own and other societies. In order to examine liberal regimes biopolitically, this book develops an overtly Foucauldian analysis. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords:   liberalism, Foucault, liberal regimes, war, international relations

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