"State, Security, and Subject Formation" brings together leading scholars to examine the question of how to secure the conditions for a civil and peaceful life together. "State, Security, and Subject Formation" addresses the question of how to secure the conditions for a civil and peaceful life together. It brings together leading scholars to examine democracy from two approaches: peaceful coexistence and the secular state as public authority and the necessity of division between communities of faith that allows for a state that defends the values of the community. This book aims to understand the rationality that informs both approaches, interpreting the subjectivities within each. To do so, the interdisciplinary, scholarly essays examine 17th century political thought and how it is caught up in debate about the relationship between faith and the state at a time when religious wars are endemic and profoundly destructive. They also provide an in-depth discussion of contemporary 21st and 20th century approaches to the question of security and the issue of subjective capacity for peaceful coexistence.
Through its thematic juxtaposition of state, security, and subjectivity within the framework of civil order and politics, the book fills a gap in the contemporary political literature that will be of interest to anyone studying and researching these issues.
Senior Canada Research Chair in the Department of Political Science, University of Alberta. Foundation director and professor of the Whitlam Institute Centre for Citizenship and Public Policy at the University of Western Sydney. Magdalena Zolkos is Researcher in Political Theory at the Centre for Citizenship and Public Policy. She is a co-founder of the Interdisciplinary Political Theory Colloquium at the University of Alberta.
Chapter 1 State, Security and Subject Formation - an Introduction by Anna Yeatman; Chapter 2 The Man and the Citizen: the Pluralization of Civil Personae in Early Modern German Natural Law by Ian Hunter; Chapter 3 Reassembling Civilization: State-formation, Subjectivity, Security, Power by Robert van Krieken; Chapter 4 Without Exception: Democracy and Sovereignty After Carl Schmitt by Charles Barbour; Chapter 5 Anti-security Personae: from David Dyzenhaus's Human Rights Lawyer to Giorgio Agamben's illuminato by David Saunders; Chapter 6 Doubt, Ambiguity and Subject Formation by Paul Hoggett and Nigel Williams; Chapter 7 The Subject 'At the Gates of the Polis': Theorizing Transitional Civic Order from the Site of Trauma by Magdalena Zolkos; Chapter 8 Self-preservation and the Idea of the State by Anna Yeatman; Chapter 9 Society, State, Security, and Subject Formation: The Emergence of Modern Neutrality Society and the Formation of the Types of Subjects it Requires by Gary Wickham and Barbara Evers; Chapter 10 Anti-colonial Nationalisms: the Case of India by Benjamin Zachariah; Chapter 11 The Sense of Existing and its Political Implications (on Francois Flahault's 'General Anthropology') by Jeffrey Minson; Bibliography.