The Brutalization of the World

From the Retreat of States to Decivilization

  • Josepha Laroche

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
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    Pages 1-8
  3. The Repression of the Death Drive

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-10
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      Pages 11-32
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  4. The Return of the Repressed

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 57-57
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      Pages 59-77
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      Pages 79-102
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      Pages 103-104
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 105-116

About this book


This book focuses on the current, chaotic world stage, which is characterized by new forms of global violence and new types of actors, such as terrorist networks. Based on interdisciplinary analysis combining political science and psychoanalysis, history and political philosophy, it delves down to the deepest roots of this process of the globalization of non-state violence and offers a new framework for understanding it. The first part of the book addresses the construction of the State and the process of civilization, while the second explains why this process is now being bypassed by processes of brutalization in the form of communitarianism and extreme hate, as well as series of mass murders on a widespread basis. 


International violence Terrorist networks Non-state violence Globalization Process of brutalization Communitarianism Civilization process

Authors and affiliations

  • Josepha Laroche
    • 1
  1. 1.Sorbonne UniversityParisFrance

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