Universal Adversary
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Universal Adversary

Security, Capital and 'The Enemies of All Mankind'
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ISBN-13:
9781317355427
Einband:
EPUB
Seiten:
180
Autor:
Mark Neocleous
eBook Typ:
Adobe Digital Editions
eBook Format:
EPUB
Kopierschutz:
Adobe DRM [Hard-DRM]
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

The history of bourgeois modernity is a history of the Enemy. This book is a radical exploration of an Enemy that has recently emerged from within security documents released by the US security state: the Universal Adversary. The Universal Adversary is now central to emergency planning in general and, more specifically, to security preparations for future attacks. But an attack from who, or what? This book - the first to appear on the topic - showsa howa the concept of the Universal Adversarya draws ona several keya figuresa in the history of ideas, said to posea a threata to state power and capital accumulation. Within the Universal Adversary there lies the problema not justa ofa the 'terrorist' but, more generally, ofa thea 'subversive', and what the emergency planning documents refer to as the 'disgruntled worker'. Thisa referencea reveals the conjoined power of the contemporary mobilisation of security and the defence of capital. But it also reveals much more. Taking the figure of the disgruntled worker as its starting point,a the booka introduces some of this worker's close cousinsa -a figures often regarded not simply as a threat to security and capital but as nothing less than the Enemy of all Mankind: the Zombie, the Devil and the Pirate. In situating these figures of enmity withina debates about security and capital, the booka engages an extraordinarya variety ofa issuesa that now comprise aa contemporary politics of security. From crowd control to contagion, from the witch-hunt to the apocalypse, from pigs to intellectual property, this book provides a compelling analysis of the ways in which security and capital are organized against nothing less than the 'Enemies of all Mankind'.
The history of bourgeois modernity is a history of the Enemy. This book is a radical exploration of an Enemy that has recently emerged from within security documents released by the US security state: the Universal Adversary. The Universal Adversary is now central to emergency planning in general and, more specifically, to security preparations for future attacks. But an attack from who, or what? This book - the first to appear on the topic - showsa howa the concept of the Universal Adversarya draws ona several keya figuresa in the history of ideas, said to posea a threata to state power and capital accumulation. Within the Universal Adversary there lies the problema not justa ofa the 'terrorist' but, more generally, ofa thea 'subversive', and what the emergency planning documents refer to as the 'disgruntled worker'. Thisa referencea reveals the conjoined power of the contemporary mobilisation of security and the defence of capital. But it also reveals much more. Taking the figure of the disgruntled worker as its starting point,a the booka introduces some of this worker's close cousinsa -a figures often regarded not simply as a threat to security and capital but as nothing less than the Enemy of all Mankind: the Zombie, the Devil and the Pirate. In situating these figures of enmity withina debates about security and capital, the booka engages an extraordinarya variety ofa issuesa that now comprise aa contemporary politics of security. From crowd control to contagion, from the witch-hunt to the apocalypse, from pigs to intellectual property, this book provides a compelling analysis of the ways in which security and capital are organized against nothing less than the 'Enemies of all Mankind'.

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