Power and responsibility: the curse of Spider-Man

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In this paper I argue that while critical theory has played an important role in re-thinking power it is now necessary to explicate the connections between power and responsibility. I use the film Spider-Man as a jumping board to explore whether for example, the fight against terror can be fought responsibly. In asking this question it becomes evident that we need to discuss what does it mean to be responsible as thinkers and more specifically as legal thinkers? The role of discourse in conceptualizing power and responsibility together points to the agency of the thinkers.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2006
EventCritical legal conference : the law of the law in an Age of Empire - Hyderabad, India
Duration: 1 Sep 20063 Sep 2006


ConferenceCritical legal conference : the law of the law in an Age of Empire
CityHyderabad, India


  • power
  • responsibility
  • Spider-Man
  • war on terror
  • discursive practices


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