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From Schmitt to Foucault

Inquiring the Relationship between Exception and Democracy

Sara Raimondi

foregrounded in studies on the state of emergency. These alternative forms of conduct, rather, explore a “new economy” of action that enhances possibilities for associative initiatives by the population. In Scarry’s participatory lens, such modes of multi

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Ecuador's “black site”

On prison securitization and its zones of legal silence

Chris Garces

When a state of emergency in Ecuador's prison system was declared in 2007, municipal leaders in Guayaquil built the country's first “supermax” prison, La Roca, for the administrative segregation of inmates considered a security threat. I suggest that administrative curtailment of access to these so-called “worst of the worst” prisoners merits legal comparisons with the juridical status of detainees in US “black site” facilities, the inter-American drug wars now paralleling the global war on terror insofar as prisoners' rights are concerned. Contrasting my brief visit to La Roca with political-economic and media analysis, my article draws two conclusions: (1) that limited physical access to prisoners, stimulated by administrative “zones of legal silence”, demands an ethnographic focus on daily conditions of prison life using inconsistencies in administrative rhetoric; and (2) that measures to securitize the prison system have augmented prison directors' powers to coerce inmates and to confound understandings of their living conditions.

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The “Moral Effect” of Legalized Lawlessness

Violence in Britain’s Twentieth-Century Empire

Caroline Elkins

who, in turn, could declare a state of emergency, or the English equivalent of a state of siege. This was distinct from the declaration of martial law, and significantly for Ireland and other parts of the empire, little under the Coercion Acts

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It Was Not Meant to Be This Way

An Unfortunate Case of Anglo-Saxon Parochialism?

Tom Frost

War Two, instead based their challenge on the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR). In declaring that the detention without trial of suspected foreign terrorists was unlawful, Lord Hoffman asserted that there was no state of emergency existing

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Trauma, Time, and the ‘Singular Plural’

The Israeli Television Series Fauda

Nurith Gertz and Raz Yosef

Agamben (1998: 17–18) discusses this phenomenon of the ‘state of exception’—that of the individual whom the law both contains and abandons at the same time. Agamben asserts that in a state of exception, which is considered a state of emergency, the lives

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Navigating Unpredictable Sites

Methodological Implications of Positioning during and after Fieldwork in Conflict Societies

Eva Gerharz

exposed to extreme violence became a daily occurrence. In southern Sri Lanka, however, the unpredictability of the LTTE’s suicide attacks and the state of emergency, so visible in public space through checkpoints, caused stress for civilians. The danger of

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Sisyphean Struggles

Encounters and Interactions within Two US Public Housing Programs

Erika Gubrium, Sabina Dhakal, Laura Sylvester and Aline Gubrium

requirements over rights began at intake for Hope House residents. The shelter was to prioritize intake of victims of domestic violence and was to serve as a temporary, emergency dwelling. Yet contrary to the state ofemergency” of its target group, the

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Ken Stein, Yael Berda, Galia Golan, Pnina Peri, Yuval Benziman, Dalia Gavriely-Nuri, Muzna Awayed-Bishara and Aziza Khazzoom

activity and markets. The best scenario of a state of emergency is when we suspend the law legally—using a law in order to defend the law—and then return from the state of emergency back to sovereignty. Mehozay argues that emergency laws work in tandem

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From war to development

Women leading the nation

Leymah Gbowee

. Let me give you three examples, and maybe a fourth one will come later. In 1992, the Kenyan government had declared a state of emergency in the Northeastern region bordering Somalia, when the Wajir Province fell into war. Three clans were fighting

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Jan Ifversen

of emergency) and Terror/Terrorismus . But catastrophe is certainly a basic concept in history. We find it in religious and mythical discourse as the absolute disaster of the apocalypse. It designated the prime dramatic feature of the Greek tragedy