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Gendered Health Outcomes of an ‘Endless’ War on Terror

ByROSALIND PETCHESKY, MELISSA LAURIE

This chapter sets out from several key premises. First, we agree with the observation of contemporary political theorists that under present conditions of militarized global capitalism and a ‘war on terror’ that knows no limits of time or space, what Agamben calls “states of exception” have increasingly become a “normal situation”—the everyday condition of life for millions of people across the globe (Agamben, 1998, p. 168; Papastergiadis, 2006; Hyland, 2001).