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Democratic PietyComplexity, Conflict and Violence$
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Adrian Little

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748633654

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748633654.001.0001

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Terrorism, Violence and the Ethics of Democracy

Terrorism, Violence and the Ethics of Democracy

(p.137) Chapter 5 Terrorism, Violence and the Ethics of Democracy
Democratic Piety

Adrian Little

Edinburgh University Press

One of the reasons why democratic piety has become so prevalent in contemporary politics is the changing social and political climate in this century. The fear of terrorism in Western societies was exacerbated by the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in 2001, alongside subsequent attacks such as those in Bali, Madrid, and London. This has created a new phase in the conception of terrorism in political theory and, in particular, its implications for democratic theory and practice. This chapter examines the ethical issues that have characterised these debates in recent times and, in particular, contemporary debates on terrorism. It also looks at the problematic status of democratic piety as the actions and ideas associated with democracy are increasingly discredited by the reaction to terrorism in the world today.

Keywords:   contemporary politics, democratic piety, 2001 attacks, terrorist attacks

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