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1st Edition

Visual Global Politics

Edited By

Roland Bleiker

ISBN 9780415726078
Published February 16, 2018 by Routledge
390 Pages 95 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

We live in a visual age. Images and visual artefacts shape international events and our understanding of them. Photographs, film and television influence how we view and approach phenomena as diverse as war, diplomacy, financial crises and election campaigns. Other visual fields, from art and cartoons to maps, monuments and videogames, frame how politics is perceived and enacted. Drones, satellites and surveillance cameras watch us around the clock and deliver images that are then put to political use. Add to this that new technologies now allow for a rapid distribution of still and moving images around the world. Digital media platforms, such as Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and Instagram, play an important role across the political spectrum, from terrorist recruitment drives to social justice campaigns.

This book offers the first comprehensive engagement with visual global politics. Written by leading experts in numerous scholarly disciplines and presented in accessible and engaging language, Visual Global Politics is a one-stop source for students, scholars and practitioners interested in understanding the crucial and persistent role of images in today’s world.

Table of Contents

Mapping Visual Global Politics – Roland Bleiker

  1. Body - Elizabeth Dauphinee
  2. Borders – Shine Choi
  3. Celebrity – Tanja Müller
  4. Children - Katrina Lee-Koo
  5. Climate - Kate Manzo
  6. CNN Effect – Piers Robinson
  7. Colonialism – Stephen Chan
  8. Compassion Fatigue - Susan D. Moeller
  9. Culture - William A. Callahan
  10. Democracy – Mark Chou
  11. Development – Kalpana Wilson
  12. Digital Media – Sebastian Kaempf
  13. Diplomacy – Costas M. Constantinou
  14. Drones – Lauren Wilcox
  15. Empathy – Nick Robinson
  16. Face – Jenny Edkins
  17. Famine – David Campbell
  18. Fear – Cynthia Weber
  19. Finance – James Brassett
  20. Foreign Policy - Simon Philpott
  21. Gender - Linda Åhäll
  22. Geopolitics - Klaus Dodds
  23. Humanitarianism - Lilie Chouliaraki
  24. Human Rights - Sharon Sliwinski
  25. Icons - Robert Hariman and John Louis Lucaites
  26. Identity – Iver B. Neumann
  27. Indigeneity - Sally Butler
  28. Invisibility - Elspeth van Veeren
  29. Memory – Nayanika Mookherjee
  30. Militarisation – Laura Shepherd
  31. Nation - Shirin M. Rai
  32. Peace - Frank Möller
  33. Perpetrators - Susie Linfield
  34. Pictorial Turn – W.J.T. Mitchell
  35. Protest - Nicole Doerr and Noa Milman
  36. Rape – Ariella Azoulay
  37. Refugees – Heather Johnson
  38. Religion – Erin K. Wilson
  39. Roma – Anca Pusca
  40. Satellites - David Shim
  41. Security – Lene Hansen
  42. Sexual Violence - Marysia Zalevski
  43. State – Brent Steele
  44. Surveillance – Rune Saugmann Andersen
  45. Territory – Jordan Branch
  46. Time – Michael J. Shapiro
  47. Trauma – Emma Hutchison
  48. Travel – Debbie Lisle
  49. Violence - Mark Reinhardt
  50. War – James Der Derian
  51. Witnessing – Alex Danchev

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Roland Bleiker is Professor of International Relations at the University of Queensland, where he directs an interdisciplinary research program on Visual Politics. Over the past twenty years he has played a leading role in introducing aesthetics, visuality and emotions to the theory and practice of world politics.


"This book is a landmark step in addressing the role of visuality in global politics. Rich, diverse, and innovative, it represents a vital contribution to understanding some of the most pressing analytic and political questions of our time."

- Michael C Williams, University of Ottawa, Canada


"This is a wonderful anthology. Typically these alphabetical collections are best for reference, but I was surprised to find myself reading through from one to the next. Many of the entries speak to each another, and together they paint the best available picture of images as "political forces." Visual culture studies has often made the promise of being political in a way that art history hasn't, but this is the only book that puts the politics first. It will be a useful reference for the current political moment, in which each of us has the responsibility to witness, interpret, and also produce political images."

- James Elkins, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA


"This sparkling collection of essays brings the visual aspects of global politics to the fore, challenging the traditional scholarly focus on texts. It illuminates the power of images in shaping the way we interpret and respond to global phenomena. The book will quickly become an indispensable resource for all scholars of international politics and law."

- Hilary Charlesworth, Melbourne Law School, Australia


"We live in an age of the visual turn in politics, one in which images work upon several registers of life. But the professoriate still mostly responds to politics through the hegemony of the textual. Visual Global Politics takes several huge steps to redress this imbalance. Consisting of multiple image-rich essays, it engages bodies, borders, torture, climate, democracy, security and several other domains by addressing their image/word intertexts. A timely and indispensable volume."

- William E. Connolly, Johns Hopkins University, USA


"Through 50 chapters, covering diverse visual areas as well as a wide range of topics – from body, face and gender to protest, violence and war, Visual Global Politics  speaks to an audience far beyond the field of IR, and lives up to its ambition of providing an “accessible, one-stop source for anyone interested in understanding the role that images play in today’s world”."

- Inez v. Weitershausen, University of Zurich, Germany