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This book examines the subtle ways in which rhetorics of sacrifice have been re-appropriated into the workings of the global political economy in the 21st century. It presents an in-depth analysis of the ways in which ritual practices are deployed, under a diverse set of political and legal contexts, as legitimation devices in rendering exploitative structures of the prevailing political-economic system to appear inescapable, or even palatable. To this end, this work explores the deeper rhetorical and legal basis of late-capitalist governmentality by critically interrogating its mythical and ritual dimensions. The analysis gives due consideration to the contemporary incarnations of ritual sacrifice in the transnational neoliberal discourse: from those exploitative yet inescapable contractualobligations, to calendrical multi-billion dollar 'offerings' to the insatiable needs of 'too-big-to-fail' corporations.The first part of the book provides a working interpretative framework for understanding the politics of ritual sacrifice - one that not only accommodates multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary knowledge of ritual practices, but that can also be employed in the integrated analysis of sacrificial rituals as political rhetoric under divergent historical and societal contexts. The secondconducts a series of case studies that cut across the wide variability of ritual public takings in late-capitalism. The book concludes by highlighting several key common doctrines of public ritual sacrifice which have been broadly observed in its case studies. These common doctrines tend to reflect the rhetorical and legal foundations for public takings under hegemonic market-driven governance. They define 'appropriate and proper' occasions for suspending pre-existing legal protections to regularize otherwise transgressive transfers of rights and possessions for the 'greater good' of the economic order.
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Cover; Half Title; Series Page; Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; List of illustrations; 1. Introduction; Why sacrifice?; Why neoliberalism?; Why rhetoric?; Why atlas?; Preview of chapters; 2. Interdisciplinary historical overview; Raising the issue; Historical thickness of ritual sacrifice; Preliminary thesis on the rhetoric of ritual sacrifice; 3. Rhetorical invention of laws of sacrifice; Case background; Judicial rhetoric and its underlying belief structures; Analysis of judicial rituals; Chapter conclusion; 4. David and Goliath; Background of the Vedanta controversy Legal ritual analysisConclusion: a myth at last; 5. Messianic rhetoric of Apartheid; Conceptual overview; From theologian to social psychologist; Architect of Apartheid; Messianic rhetoric of total segregation; A brief conclusion; 6. Conclusions and looking forward; First common doctrine: total depravity against economic growth; Second common doctrine: unconditional election of sacrificial offerings; Third common doctrine: limited realization of predestined economic deliverance; Fourth common doctrine: irresistible takings by institutions of public authority Fifth common doctrine: perseverance of the ritualAdvantages, constraints, and future directions; Bibliography; Appendix; Index
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