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Borneman - Introduction

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Buy and Download Description The death of authority figures such as fathers or leaders can be experienced as either liberation or loss. Liberation because relations to such fig-ures constrain through the exercise of authority, loss because these relations bind through emotional ties. In the twentieth century, the authority of the father and of the leader became closely intertwined; constraints and affective attachments intensified in ways that had major effects on the organization of regimes of authority. Fathers and leaders sent their sons and followers to die in gruesome wars of mass destruction and lured them into internal purification campaigns in the name of the collective body. Indeed, as sovereigns, their exercise of power in everyday life was more intimate if not more invasive than ever in recorded history. In those cases where the exercise of sovereignty by fathers and the leader involved events such as arbitrary and widespread killing, torture, and repression, domestic authority and national political leadership have produced trauma—a temporally delayed and repeated suffering of these events that can only be grasped retrospectively. The defeat of imperial and fascist regimes in 1945, and the implosion of communist regimes in 1989, were critical moments of rupture, or potential rupture, in the production of national trauma. Most self-representations of these breaks reconstruct the dissolution of authority as both liberation and loss. I am calling this end "Death of the Father." The death of authority figures such as fathers or leaders can be experienced as either liberation or loss. Liberation because relations to such fig-ures constrain through the exercise of authority, loss because these relations bind through emotion
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