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      Enemies of All Humankind : Fictions of Legitimate Violence

      Dartmouth College Press
      Literary Criticism / Subjects & Themes, bisacsh:LIT025000

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          Hostis humani generis, meaning “enemy of humankind,” is the legal basis by which Western societies have defined such criminals as pirates, torturers, or terrorists as beyond the pale of civilization. Sonja Schillings argues that this legal fiction does more than characterize certain persons as inherently hostile: it provides a narrative basis for legitimating violence in the name of the state. The work draws attention to a century-old narrative pattern that not only underlies the legal category of enemies of the state, but more generally informs interpretations of imperial expansion, protest against government-sponsored oppression, and the transformation of institutions as “legitimate” interventions on behalf of civilized society

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          01 January 2016
          fb861b7b-d1f5-4639-b479-266b988a2bc5
          85c90646-2dad-4418-8e1d-5a15e7e6c947 9781512600759

          Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

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