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War Power, Police Power$
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Mark Neocleous

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780748692361

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748692361.001.0001

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‘O Effeminacy! Effeminacy!’

‘O Effeminacy! Effeminacy!’

Martial Power, Masculine Power, Liberal Peace

(p.88) Chapter 3 ‘O Effeminacy! Effeminacy!’
War Power, Police Power

Mark Neocleous

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter takes up a key theme in the liberal peace thesis: that the project of liberal peace begins in the eighteenth century with the work of Adam Smith on commerce and Adam Ferguson on civil society. The chapter shows that far from being committed to ‘peace’, eighteenth century liberalism was concerned that peace would lead to men losing their military prowess and thus becoming effeminate. At the heart of eighteenth century liberalism is a crux of ideas concerning the necessity for war and masculine process. These ideas also underpin eighteenth century police science. The chapter makes this case by building on feminist work concerning masculinity and militarism, and also connects the debates in the eighteenth century with the same debates taking place in the war on terror.

Keywords:   War, Peace, Adam Smith, Adam Ferguson, Liberal peace thesis, Masculinity, Effeminacy, Feminism, War on terror

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