J. Peter Burgess
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This chapter looks beyond the book’s findings and suggests a range of social, political, moral and metaphysical implications about security and disenchantment that open up. It begins with a discussion of the processes of memorialisation of 22 July 2011 and the continuities and discontinuities they produced. It then turns to a brief summary of the bureaucratic reforms undertaken as a direct consequence of the attack in order to draw conclusions about the temporality of the aftermath. Questions about what changed, what can be changed and what should be changed are raised in order to ground a series of arguments and commentaries about the philosophical sense of security and insecurity and about the way this is experienced. The chapter closes by admonishing the dangers of the bureaucratic closure so typical of our time, suggesting that bureaucracy does not inoculate against the malady of insecurity but may indeed anaesthetise against it.

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Security after the unthinkable

Terror and disenchantment in Norway


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