By Andrew W. Neal
This ebook is an research and critique of the suggestions of ‘exception’ and ‘exceptionalism’ within the context of the politics of liberty and protection within the so-called ‘War on Terror’. because the destruction of the area alternate Centre on September eleventh 2001, a awesome transformation has happened in political discourse and perform. Politicians and commentators have often made the argument that the foundations of the sport have replaced, that this can be a new type of battle, and that extraordinary occasions require extraordinary measures. less than this discourse of exceptionalism, an array of measures were placed into perform, corresponding to detention with out trial, ‘extraordinary rendition’, derogations from human rights legislations, sanction or connivance in torture, the curtailment of civil liberties, and competitive conflict opposed to overseas legislation. Situating exceptionalism in the post-9/11 controversy in regards to the courting among liberty and protection, this ebook argues that the matter of exceptionalism emerges from the boundaries and paradoxes of liberal democracy itself. it's a remark and critique of either modern practices of exceptionalism and the serious debate that has shaped in reaction. via an in depth overview of the main theoretical contributions to the controversy, this e-book develops exceptionalism as a severe software. It additionally engages with the matter of exceptionalism as a discursive declare, as a technique, as an idea, as a theoretical challenge and as a tradition. this can be the 1st publication to seize the significance of the exceptionalism debate in one quantity, and may be of a lot curiosity to scholars of severe safeguard experiences, political philosophy, IR idea and sociology.