Hostage Spaces of the Contemporary Islamicate World

Hostage Spaces of the Contemporary Islamicate World : Phantom Territoriality

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 11.18mm | 299g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 20 bw illus
  • 1472570863
  • 9781472570864
  • 3,366,495

Table of contents

Preface: Diagrammatic
Intensifications \ 1. "Being on the Lookout", the Animal \ 2. Biopotentiality
and the Enemy \ 3. Architectonics of Hostage-Space \ 4. The Movement of the
Black Stone \ 5. Delirium of Air \ 6. The New Weapon \ 7. Sovereign, Of the
Outside \ 8. Taking, Seizing, The Event \ 9. Cry, the Inhuman \ Bibliography \
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An extended and highly original meditation on the ambiguous figure of the hostage in modern life. -- Faisal Devji, Reader in Modern South Asian History at the University of Oxford, UK
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About Dr Dejan Lukic

Dejan Lukic is Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Reed College, Oregon, USA.
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