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The Norm of Complicity and the Regeneration of Emergency through Violence

The Norm of Complicity and the Regeneration of Emergency through Violence

Chapter:
(p.121) 4. The Norm of Complicity and the Regeneration of Emergency through Violence
Source:
Civic War & the Corruption of the Citizen
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226522104.003.0005

This chapter examines the role of violence in the norm of complicity and in the regeneration of emergency powers. In discuses the ways in which violence blurs boundaries that normally define social roles and common beliefs, and suggests that violence is a vehicle for highly exploitable modes of confusion and disorder capable of suspending disbelief. The chapter also contends that violence sustains the powers invoked in the name of emergency.

Keywords:   violence, complicity, emergency powers, social roles, common beliefs

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