Security after the unthinkable

Terror and disenchantment in Norway

By J. Peter Burgess

Security after the unthinkable
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  • ISBN: 9781526166340
  • Publish Date: Feb 2024
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
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    This book builds a theoretical perspective for explaining what security remains after the security event. It studies in detail the evolution of security thinking before, during and after the 2011 terrorist attack in Utøya and Oslo, Norway, tracking the political discourse and the institutional reactions in order to form a theory of 'terror and disenchantment'. It develops a general theory of security that contributes to ongoing debates on non-military security, asymmetric warfare, ontological security and human security. It revisits the nature of terrorism, the sense of its practice and re-conceptualises the way practice of counter- and anti-terrorism are embedded in social, cultural and national consciousness.


    Part I: Theory of disenchantment
    1. Terror and disenchantment
    2. The enchantment of security
    3. The invention of vulnerability
    4. Our coming security
    Part II: Making security-sense of Oslo/Utøya
    5. 22 July 2011: Event, meaning and affect
    6. The report of the 22/7 Commission
    7. There is no alternative to security
    8. Giving and taking responsibility for terrorism
    After thought


    J. Peter Burgess is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Chair in Geopolitics of Risk at the Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris

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