Sleepers, Moles and Martyrs

Sleepers, Moles and Martyrs

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The symposium qSleepers, Moles, and Martyrs: Secret Identifications, Societal Integration, and the Differing Meanings of Freedomq held in Reinhausen, 2002, formed the basis of this publication. Occasioned by the social, political and mass media discourses after the bombings of New York's World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, an interdisciplinary group of scholars came together to explore the connotations and implications of the term qsleeperq. The biographies of terrorist perpetrators are but one of many permutations of sleeper-like phenomena in late modern polities. Clandestine operatives of the state are sleepers, and both willing and unwilling victims of terrorism are discursively transformed from sleepers into martyrs. Starting with analyses of the discourses about sleepers in Part I-their historical antecedents, narrative employment, and semantic differentiation-Part II turns to the hidden or unspoken of aspects of the state, the challenge of fundamentalist terrorism to the modern political project and the tensions between neighbourly discourse, public display and the state. Part III juxtaposes changing depictions of Shiite martyrdom with the violence done to the term qmartyrq within the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In Part IV, cultural secrets encoded in memorials and public silences in academic discourse are addressed. The different cases assembled offer comparative materials and perspectives from the USA, France, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Spain, Iran, Israel, Istria and Sweden.So I would argue that attention to the ambiguity and partial social legitimacy of secrecy can inform our understanding of ... In the world of toys, we find the yoyo called the aquot;Grim Sleeperaquot;9 which received its name due to the capacity of aquot;all modern yoyosaquot; to a#39;sleepa#39;, that is, to turn freely when the string is fully extended.10 This allows for all kinds of spectacular tricks that are not possible with the aquot;classic aquot; yoyo.

Title:Sleepers, Moles and Martyrs
Author:Regina Bendix, John Bendix
Publisher:Museum Tusculanum Press - 2003


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