1st Edition

Visual Global Politics

Edited By Roland Bleiker Copyright 2018
    390 Pages 95 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    390 Pages 95 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


    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