War Beyond the Battlefield
Edited by David Grondin
Routledge – 2012 – 226 pages
In an effort to make sense of war beyond the battlefield in studying the wars that were captured under the rubric of the "War on Terror", this special issue book seeks to explore the complex spatial relationships between war and the spaces that one is not used to thinking of as the battlefield. It focuses on the conflicts that still animate the spaces and places where violence has been launched and that the war has not left untouched. In focusing on war beyond the battlefield, it is not that the battlefield as the place where war is waged has gone in smoke or has borne out of importance, it is rather the case that the battlefield has been dis-placed, re-designed, re-shaped and rethought through new spatializing practices of warfare. These new spaces of war – new in the sense that they are not traditionally thought of as spaces where war takes place or is brought to – are television screens, cellular phones and bandwidth, George W. Bush’s ranch in Crawford, Texas, videogames, popular culture sites, news media, blogs, and so on. These spaces of war beyond the battlefield are crucial to understanding what goes on the battlefield, in Iraq, Afghanistan, or in other fronts of the War on Terror (such as the homeland) – to understand how terror has globally been waged beyond the battlefield.
This book was originally published as a special issue of Geopolitics.
"The work represents some serious scholarship. The various selections provide both information and insight." - Sheldon G. Levy, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan in e-International Relations, September 2012
1. Introduction. The Other Spaces of War: War beyond the Battlefield in the War on Terror David Grondin 2. Liberal Lawfare and Biopolitics: US Juridical Warfare in the War on Terror John Morrissey 3. "A Day in the Life": A Tomogram of Global Governmentality in Relation to the "War on Terror" on November 20th, 2003 Miguel de Larrinaga 4. Los Alamos as Laboratory for Domestic Security Measures: Nuclear Age Battlefield Transformations and the Ongoing Permutations of Security Jeffrey Bussolini 5. The Geographical Imaginations of Video Games: Diplomacy, Civilization, America’s Army and Grand Theft Auto IV Mark Salter 6. ‘Theatres of War’: Visual Technologies and Identities in the Iraq Wars Benjamin Muller and John Measor 8. "Those About to Die Salute You": Sacrifice, the War in Iraq and the Crisis of the American Imperial Society Florian Olsen 9. Grieving Dead Soldiers, Disavowing Loss: Cindy Sheehan and the Im/possibility of the American Antiwar Movement Tina Managhan
David Grondin is assistant professor at the School of Political Studies of the University of Ottawa, Canada. His current research deals with the US preparation of and for the future of war and draws on the crucial links between sci-fi and cinema in imagining the transformation of war.