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Description - Civic War and the Corruption of the Citizen by Peter Alexander Meyers

In this unique book, Peter Alexander Meyers leads us through the social processes by which shock incites terror, terror invites war, war invokes emergency, and emergency supports unchecked power. He then reveals how the domestic political culture created by the cold war has driven these developments forward since 9/11, contending that our failure to acknowledge that this cold war continues today is precisely what makes it so dangerous.With eloquence and urgency Meyers argues that the mantra of our time - 'everything changed on 9/11!'1 - is false and pernicious. By contrast, Civic War and the Corruption of the Citizen provides a novel account of long-term transformations in the citizen's experience of war, the constitution of political powers, and public uses of communication, and from that firm historical basis explains how a convergence of these social facts became the pretext for unprecedented opportunism and irresponsibility after 9/11. Where others have observed that our rights are under attack, Meyers digs deeper and finds that today 'government by the people' itself is at risk.Sparkling with historical and philosophical insight, this is a dramatic diagnosis of the American political scene that at once makes clear the new position of the citizen and the necessity for active citizenship if democracy is to endure.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780226522081
ISBN-10: 0226522083
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 12-Dec-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Peter Alexander Meyers

Peter Alexander Meyers is professor of American Studies at the Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris and is presently a visiting researcher in the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.

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