By Alessandro Dal Lago, Salvatore Palidda

This ebook is an exam of the impact of latest wars (such because the 'War on Terror') on civil existence at a world point. modern literature on conflict is principally dedicated to fresh alterations within the idea and perform of struggle, specific these within which terrorists or insurgents are concerned (for instance, the 'revolution in army affairs', 'small wars', and so on). nevertheless, modern day study on protection is targeted, between different topics, at the results of the battle on terrorism, and on civil liberties and social regulate. This quantity connects those fields of analysis, exhibiting how 'war' and 'security' are likely to alternate ambitions and sorts of motion in addition to team of workers (for example, the spreading use of non-public contractors in wars and of army specialists within the 'struggle for security') in smooth society. This indicates how, opposite to Clausewitz's trust warfare can be conceived of as a "continuation of politics via different means", the other assertion can also be actual: that politics, insofar because it matters defense, should be outlined because the 'continuation of conflict by way of different means'. This publication may be of a lot curiosity to scholars of severe protection reports, struggle and clash reports, terrorism experiences, sociology and IR often. Salvatore Palidda is Professor of Sociology within the school of schooling on the college of Genoa. Alessandro Dal Lago is Professor of Sociology of tradition and verbal exchange on the collage of Genoa.

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By renouncing to annex all of Latin America beyond Texas and California, the US meant to unshoulder the burden of responsibility for and protection of the traditional feudal and slave-­driven agrarian structures deriving from the conquista. This freed the American government from direct responsibility of the violent archaism of the states and classes of the Spanish- and Portuguese-­speaking colonialists who stayed for a long time at the head of the post-­colonial state and were responsible for the old-­style management of social apartheid structures.

16 This is certainly not a novelty. Rather, the fact that the scale of conflicts today is global in every corner of the world (which means that, in principle, any local conflict has effects on the entire world) has torn through the veil of Western ideology that had marginalized the role of war in the ascendency of Euro-­American culture: a liberal, economistic, democratic ideology, according to which the success of Western ‘values’ – economic well-­being, political freedom, representative government, scientific and technological development – is supposedly the result of a superior intrinsic ability and not, instead, the outcome of a state of war that, over a couple of centuries, has left in its trail hundreds of millions of corpses.

15 This amounts to a mythology that has been widely advanced by human sciences, in particular psychoanalysis (Pick, 1996). 34 A. Dal Lago 16 As such, it becomes the object of theories that can be applied without distinction to complex matters, from economics and history to natural catastrophes. For an illustration of this argument, see Buchanan (2001). 17 Ancient-­war historians noted that in Greek philosophy the contemporary ubiquity of war did not merit any more than an occasional reflection (Garlan, 1975; Villatte, 1999).

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