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From war to war: 'Lord Of The Flies' as sociology of spite

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2006
<mark>Journal</mark>Alternatives
Issue number4
Volume31
Number of pages22
Pages (from-to)431-452
<mark>State</mark>Published
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

A reading of Golding's Lord of the Flies as an allegory of a biopolitical or postpolitical society that elevates “security” to the most sacred principle of organization as a permanent state of exception and attempts to combine it with consumerism. It is in this context that spite, an impotent and self-sacrificial violence, reemerges as a postpolitical strategy.