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The Social Life of Anti-Terrorism Laws

The War on Terror and the Classifications of the »Dangerous Other«


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Julia M. Eckert(Hg.), The Social Life of Anti-Terrorism Laws (2015), transcript Verlag, Bielefeld, ISBN: 9783839409640

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Beschreibung / Abstract

This book addresses two developments in the conceptualisation of citizenship that arise from the »war on terror«, namely the re-culturalisation of membership in a polity and the re-moralisation of access to rights. Taking an anthropological perspective, it traces the ways in which the trans-nationalisation of the »war on terror« has affected notions of »the dangerous other« in different political and social contexts, asking what changes in the ideas of the state and of the nation have been promoted by the emerging culture of security, and how these changes affect practices of citizenship and societal group relations.


Julia M. Eckert, professor of social anthropology at the University of Bern, explores the emergence of transnational legal norms with a particular focus on changing institutions of responsibility and liability. She connects these with current contestations over democratic representation, participation, security, and citizenship.


»Die Stärke des Sammelbandes liegt [...] in der Betrachtung des sozialen Gefüges in den heterogenen Beispielfällen.«
Johannes Specht, DAS ARGUMENT, 286 (2010)

Reviewed in:

Zeitschrift für Rechtssoziologie, 29 (2008), Rüdiger Lautmann
Behemoth. A Journal on Civilisation, 3 (2009), Elena Buck/Patricia Deuser/Mathias Rodatz


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This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 3.0 License (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)


  • Cover The Social Life of Anti-Terrorism Laws
  • Laws for Enemies
  • Liberalism versus Terrorism: Warfare, Crime Control, and the United States after 11 September
  • Suspect Subjects: Muslim Migrants and the Security Agencies in Germany
  • Political Rationalities, Counter-terrorism and Policies on Islam in the United Kingdom and France
  • Documents, Security and Suspicion: the Social Production of Ignorance
  • The Danger of ‘Undergoverned’ Spaces: the ‘War on Terror’ and its Effects on the Sahel Region
  • Islamic Activism and Anti-terrorism Legislation in Morocco
  • Notes on Contributors

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