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We live in an ever-fragmenting society, in which distinctions between culture and nature, biology and politics, law and transgression, mobility and immobility, reality and representation, seem to be disappearing. This book demonstrates the hidden logic beneath this process, which is also the logic of 'the camp'. Social theory has traditionally interpreted the camp as an anomaly, as an exceptional site situated on the margins of society, aiming to neutralize its 'failed citizens' and 'enemies'. However, in contemporary society, 'the camp' has now become the rule and consequently a new interrogation of its logic is necessary. In this exceptional volume, the authors explore the paradox of the camp, as representing both an old fear of enclosure and a new dream of belonging. They illustrate their arguments by drawing on contemporary sites of exemption - such as refugee camps, rape camps and favelas - as well as sites of self-exemption including gated communities, party tourism and celebrity cultures.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415351225
ISBN-10: 0415351227
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x 12mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Feb-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Carsten B. Laustsen

Bulent Diken teaches at Lancaster University, Department of Sociology. His research focuses on social theory, urbanism, mobility, post-structuralist philosophy and immigration. Carsten Bagge Laustsen teaches at Aarhus University, Department of Political Sciences. His research focuses on social theory, poststructuralist international relations theory and political theory.

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Culture of Exception by Carsten B. Laustsen

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Hardback, February 2005