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This collection of essays examines the racialized and gendered effects of contemporary politics of belonging, issues which lie at the heart of contemporary political and social lives. It encompasses critical questions of identity and citizenship, inclusion and exclusion, emotional attachments, violent conflicts and local/global relationships. The range – geographically, thematically and theoretically - covered by the chapters reflects current concerns in the world today.

The Judgement of Evil and Contemporary Politics of Belonging1
The judgement of evil and contemporary politics of belonging

The history of freedom begins with evil, for it is the work of man

(Kant 1991: 227)
Politics and the Language of Evil

This chapter addresses itself to a common phenomenon: the use of the language of ‘evil’ within political discourse. I want to suggest that the language of evil gives rise to an awkward tension in political thought: on the one hand it seems to diminish politics; on the other hand it appears as the most essential element of modern political life, so much so that we would have to reinvent it if it did not exist. It would appear that in politics, we can't live with the language of ...

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