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Book: Key Categories in the Study of Religion

Chapter: 5. Paper Terrorism as Counter-Conduct

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.42924


This chapter offers a brief reflective response to the other contributions in the “Citizenship and Politics” section of this book. It returns to the problem of the “sovereign citizen” movement to consider the problem of nationalism as it relates to contemporary religious identities. The chapter use the ideas of French philosopher Michel Foucault to argue that the “paper terrorism” legal techniques of sovereign citizens can be interpreted as “counter conducts” that reject nationalism in favor of a more amorphous and troubling concept of citizenship that strives to escape conventional mechanisms of state discipline.

Chapter Contributors

  • Michael McVicar ( - mcvicar2) 'Florida State University'