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An Ethics of BetrayalThe Politics of Otherness in Emergent U.S. Literatures and Culture$
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Crystal Parikh

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780823230426

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823230426.001.0001

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Epilogue: The Traitors in Our Midst

Epilogue: The Traitors in Our Midst

(p.160) Epilogue: The Traitors in Our Midst
An Ethics of Betrayal

Crystal Parikh

Fordham University Press

This Epilogue addresses the significance of an ethics of betrayal in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, in the “war on terror.” It describes the emergence of supranational discursive formations that articulate race, nation, class, and religion in ways that supplement, antagonize, and threaten the modern nation-state system. It also considers the way in which these formations rebound upon Americans, both “generic” and minority subjects, in the terms of loyalty and betrayal inaugurated by the nation and the state, as well as in the ongoing ethical responsibilities of the emergent subjects in the war on terror and of human rights.

Keywords:   9/11, betrayal, war on terror, nation-state, human rights

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