This edited volume examines theoretical and empirical issues relating to violence and war and its implications for media, culture and society.
Over the last two decades there has been a proliferation of books, films and art on the subject of violence and war. However, this is the first volume that offers a varied analysis which has wider implications for several disciplines, thus providing the reader with a text that is both multi-faceted and accessible. This book introduces the current debates surrounding this topic through five particular lenses:
- the historical involves an examination of historical patterns of the communication of violence and war through a variety sources
- the cultural utilises the cultural studies perspective to engage with issues of violence, visibility and spectatorship
- the sociological focuses on how terrorism, violence and war are remembered and negotiated in the public sphere
- the political offers an exploration into the politics of assigning blame for war, the influence of psychology on media actors, and new media political communication issues in relation to the state and the media
- the gender-studies perspective provides an analysis of violence and war from a gender studies viewpoint.
Violence and War in Culture and the Media will be of much interest to students of war and conflict studies, media and communications studies, sociology, security studies and political science.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Violence and War in Culture and the Media through Five Disciplinary Lenses Athina Karatzogianni PART I: Through the Historical Lens 2. Perceptions of Violence in the Early Modern Communications Revolution: The Case of the Thirty Years War 1618-1648 Peter H. Wilson 3. Patrick Pécherot, Eugenics and the Occupation of France Angela Kimyongür 4. United States Army Chaplains and Pulp Magazines: Censorship in World War II Jenel Virden PART II: Through the Cultural Lens 5. Hidden Conflict, Visible World Keith Tester 6. The Ethics of Remembering: Little Big Man and the Exoneration of American Guilt James Aston 7. Loving Violence? The Ambiguities of SM Imagery in Contemporary Popular Culture Sarah Harper and Majid Yar PART III: Through the Sociological Lens 8. Defining the Victims of Terrorism: Competing Victim Frames Post 9/11 New York City and 11M, Madrid Cristina Flesher Fominaya and Rosemary Barberet 9. The Returns of War: Bodies, Images and Invented Ritual in the Returns of the War on Terror Michael S. Drake 10. Frames, Forums and Facebook: Interpretating British Muslim Understandings of Post-7/7 Militarist Media Narratives Lucy Michael PART IV: Through the Political Lens 11. The Israel-Hezbollah War and the Winograd Committee Raphael Cohen-Almagor and Sharon Haleva-Amir 12. Media Actors in War and Conflict: Insights from Political Psychology and the Bosnian War Maria Touri 13. Virilio and the Gaze of the State: Vision Machines, New Media and Resistance Andy Robinson 14. Blame it on the Russians: Tracking the Portrayal of Russian Hackers During Cyber Conflict Incidents Athina Karatzogianni PART V: Through the Gender Studies Lens 15. Making the Pain Count: Embodied Politics in the New Age of Terror Gillian Youngs 16. Corrective Rapes: Rape Narratives in South Africa Bev Orton
Athina Karatzogianni is Lecturer in Media, Culture and Society at the University of Hull, UK. She is author of The Politics of Cyberconflict (2006), Power, Conflict and Resistance: Social Movements, Networks and Hierarchies with Andrew Robinson (2010), and editor of Cyber Conflict and Global Politics (2009).
"Violence and War in Culture and the Media explores the roots of violence and war through the lenses of five very different disciplines (history, culture, sociology, politics and gender) with a focus on very different subjects, ranging from an original interpretation of Manet’s artwork "The Execution of Emperor Maximilian" to studies on early systems of communication in the Thirty Years War, culture and memories of violence and war, cyberwar, and rape narratives in South Africa, as well as war between Israel and Hezbollah in 2006, among other deeply researched chapters, all with a common denominator of media and communications. The result is totally unexpected and serendipitous, allowing disciplines that rarely speak to one another to inter-communicate—and learn from one another—for the very first time."- Hall Gardner, Professor and Chair, Department of International and Comparative Politics, American University of Paris
"From the postal system in the Thirty Years War to bondage imagery in fashion shoots, from hacker activists in Eastern Europe to rape narratives in South Africa, these essays offer new connections between violence and culture, between mediation and domination, between the politics of conflict and the conflicts of politics." - Graham Meikle, Senior Lecturer in Communications, Media and Culture, University of Sterling
"The authors do an excellent jo speaking to the range of topics that make up the phenomena of 'violence and war'. " - Brittany Farr, University of Southern California