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Title: War for the Politics of Life
Author: Evans, Bradley
ISNI:       0000 0001 3450 4731
Awarding Body: University of Leeds
Current Institution: University of Leeds
Date of Award: 2007
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This thesis provides a theoretical and empirical interrogation into the current Global State if War. It takes-a distinctly political perspective by investigating the intimate (dis)connections which exist between Liberalism, Security, Violence, and Difference. The global Liberal f problematic of security, which is understood bio-politically through the changes in the life sciences, is central to these investigations. This research thus moves. beyond the negative lacuna of sovereign power, to understand how the subjective categorisations of authenticity and falsehood can be understood in relation to exigencies of life. Bio-political security in this way is presented to be a highly contested global principle of formation, which in the process of letting things happen invokes certain notions of human necessity in order to abandon the political. The thesis argues that this rewriting of the security agenda displaces political subjectivity and ontological claims to difference. It makes the Homo Oeconomicus the only basis for a calculable and contingent reality. The thesis argues that through these processes a marked distinction is necessarily offered in terms of violence. Liberal violence can be fully sanctioned while all alternative violence is routinely disqualified. Whilst these neat and holistic modes of separation are predicated on difference, by focusing on the Islamic movement Hamas and the Zapatistas evidence is presented to illustrate why forms of violence should not be explained through modes of separation (reasoned/pathological). In thoroughly modernist terms, the violence associated with movements such as Hamas is not a relationship of difference, but of similitude. These claims of violent reciprocity are further substantiated and given more critical depth by exploring the connections between non-violence and difference. The Zapatista uprising provides a meaningful comparison in this regard by illustrating how a commitment to the politics of difference makes non-violence possible. This suggests that if we afford ontological priority to difference political comparisons can be made between insurgency movements worldwide. To conclude the thesis calls for a return of the political into conflict analysis. This would be a necessary step in the creation of a new ontological humanisll), which does not serve to dehumanise political subjects, but affirms life by giving ethical priority to ontological difference.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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