Democracy s Empire captures the co–appearance of the proliferation of democracy as the political formation that institutes and sustains freedom, equality and emancipation and along with it, the proliferation of death, destruction and the abject condition of life. A period of history where there was supposed to be some consensus about the legitimate source of authority and the legal structures that would administer such norms has turned out to be a time when war as a sovereign exception has been instituted in an ever increasing number of places. This volume contains a situated discussion of the institution of democracy and related juridico–political problems. From the death of politics in South Africa to the institution of a certain normalisation of death in the constitutional process taking place in Iraq, this thought–provoking volume poses the problem of violence and death at the heart of the institution of democracy.
2. Church, State, Resistance (Jean–Luc Nancy).
3. Constitutional Violence (David Bates).
4. Sovereignty, Exception, and Norm (Andrew Norris).
5. Undoing Legal Violence: Walter Benjamin s and Giorgio Agamben s Aesthetics of Pure Means (Benjamin Morgan).
6. The Normality of the Exception in Democracy s Empire (Peter Fitzpatrick and Richard Joyce).
7. Post–Apartheid Social Movements and the Quest for the Elusive ′New′ South Africa (Tshepo Madlingozi).
8. The Violence of Non–Violence: Law and War in Iraq (Samera Esmeir).
9. Performing Power: The Deal, Corporate Rule, and the Constitution of Global Legal Order (Fleur Johns).
10. Veiled Women and the Affect of Religion in Democracy (Stewart Motha)