Representing war as punishment in the war on terror

Teresa Degenhardt*

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This paper shows how the notion of punishment has been invoked by fonner US President George W. Bush, and ex UK Prime Minister Tony Blair to represent war. It is suggested that in this context, the notion of punishment serves different objectives: legitimizing violence, suggesting the sovereign role taken by the US and highlighting the emergence of new sensibilities. Building on previous literature in criminology and international relations it examines points of contact between two previously distinct security mechanisms - war and punishment- and suggests possible effects of this discursive blurring. It highlights not only the need for criminologists to engage with international relations literature but also the need to evaluate closely the different nature of the international context.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Criminology of War
EditorsRuth Jamieson
PublisherCRC Press / Balkema
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781315086859
ISBN (Print)9780754623946
Publication statusPublished - 05 Jul 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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