Hostage Spaces of the Contemporary Islamicate World: Phantom Territoriality

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A&C Black, Nov 21, 2012 - Religion - 208 pages
How is hostage space constructed? In this age-long procedure found in conflicts around the world, strange forms of terror and intimacy arise, particularly in the contemporary Islamic cultures of Chechnya, Albania, and Bosnia. This book investigates the modes of desire and politics found in kidnapping, in order to reveal the voices of victims and kidnappers that often remain closed up.

Dejan Lukic explores the spaces where hostages and hostage takers come into contact - spaces of accident, sacrifice, hope, and catastrophe - or, in other words, the spaces that announce utopias bound to fail. In this book, the figures of the victim, the terrorist, the sovereign, the resistance fighter and the witness – among others – emerge with a new face; one that will contribute to our understandings of what it means to act politically and ethically today.
 

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Contents

1 Being on the Lookout the Animal
1
2 Biopotentiality and the Enemy
20
3 Architectonics of the Hostage Space
39
4 The Movement of the Black Stone
58
5 Delirium of Air
76
6 The New Weapon
93
7 Sovereign Of the Outside
111
8 Taking Seizing the Event
129
9 Cry the Inhuman
145
Notes
161
Bibliography
185
Index
193
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Dejan Lukic is Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Reed College, Oregon, USA.

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