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Violence and Democracy (Contemporary Political Theory) Paperback – 24 Jun 2004
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'Keane's is a learned, at times almost magisterial, book. He writes easily and with grace about a variety of relevant topics from liberal political theory to contemporary apocalyptic terrorism, from Sorel to Muslim fundamentalism. At every turn the reader is taken on a gambit into a relevant literature and comes away braced by the journey. It is descriptively ambitious yet energized by a normative argument. It is as current as today's politics yet in touch with classic traditions in political theory and sociology. As a result, Violence and Democracy is impressive indeed.' Austin D. Sarat, Amherst College, Massachusetts
John Keane offers an account of the origins of violence, its consequences, its uses and remedies, and the relationship between violence and democracy. Rejecting the view that 'human nature' is violent, Keane shows why mature democracies do not wage war upon each other, and why they are sensitive to violence.See all Product description
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8 June 2009
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Read this as part of my academic study. No other writer that I have come across has the ability to write so brilliantly and with such clarity as Keane. Not only is this book informative, it is also challenging. In a world so vexed by the question of violence it is a must read for students and engaged citizens alike. Cannot recommend it highly enough. I have finished my studies but have ordered his new book to read just for pleasure.
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