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Beyond the imaginary geographies of the War on Terror?
Unformatted Document Text:  development, and have at times seemed ‘terrified by the idea of a transformation somehow beyond the control of the very revolutionaries who seek it’. Whilst it may be unnerving to give up on our traditional categories of liberation, we might also want to consider that the practices of regulation and exclusion needed to keep these alternatives at bay might be just as frightening. This is, finally, the crux of the challenge of resistance: how can we know in advance what liberation looks like? How can we ensure that in our search for solid categories of identity and community, we do not form new marginalisations and discriminations? This is, perhaps, what Benjamin also sought to think, when he kept on asking his friend Gershom Scholem whether time, which must have a sequence, must also have a particular direction? 67 67 . See Scholem, Walter Benjamin: the story of a friendship, New York: New York Review Books, 2001, p.41 18

Authors: Stephens, Angharad.
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development, and have at times seemed ‘terrified by the idea of a transformation 
somehow beyond the control of the very revolutionaries who seek it’. Whilst it may be 
unnerving to give up on our traditional categories of liberation, we might also want to 
consider that the practices of regulation and exclusion needed to keep these alternatives at 
bay might be just as frightening. This is, finally, the crux of the challenge of resistance: 
how can we know in advance what liberation looks like? How can we ensure that in our 
search for solid categories of identity and community, we do not form new 
marginalisations and discriminations? This is, perhaps, what Benjamin also sought to 
think, when he kept on asking his friend Gershom Scholem whether time, which must 
have a sequence, must also have a particular direction?
67
 . See Scholem, Walter Benjamin: the story of a friendship, New York: New York Review Books, 2001, 
p.41
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