Of Death and Dominion: The Existential Foundations of Governance

Of Death and Dominion: The Existential Foundations of Governance

by Mohammed A. Bamyeh

Paperback(1)

$24.95
View All Available Formats & Editions
Eligible for FREE SHIPPING
  • Get it by Tuesday, August 22 ,  Order by 12:00 PM Eastern and choose Expedited Delivery during checkout.

Overview

Of Death and Dominion: The Existential Foundations of Governance by Mohammed A. Bamyeh

Death is the opposite not of life, but of power. And as such, Mohammed Bamyeh argues in this original work, death has had a great and largely unexplored impact on the thinking of governance throughout history, right down to our day. In Of Death and Dominion Bamyeh pursues the idea that a deep concern with death is, in fact, the basis of the ideological foundations of all political systems.

            Concentrating on four types of political systems—polis, empire, theocracy, and modern mass society systems—Bamyeh shows how each follows a specific strategy designed to pit power against the equalizing specter of death. Each of these strategies—consolation, expansion, preparation, and repression—produces a certain style of political behavior, as well as particular psychic traumas. In making his argument, Bamyeh revisits a wide range of empirical and theoretical discussions in existentialist philosophy, psychoanalysis, comparative historical sociology, literary studies, and anthropology. By demonstrating how schemes of power are by definition also schemes for defying death—despite their claims to the contrary—his book encourages us to think of a new style of politics, one oriented toward life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810124417
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Publication date: 11/21/2007
Series: Rethinking Theory Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 152
Sales rank: 1,035,801
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Mohammed A. Bamyeh is a professor of sociology at the University of Pittsburgh. He is the author of The Ends of Globalization and The Social Origins of Islam: Mind, Economy, Discourse and the editor of Palestine America.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews