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War, Image and Legitimacy

Viewing Contemporary Conflict, 1st Edition

By James Gow, Milena Michalski


288 pages

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This book examines how image affects war and whether image affects our understanding of war. Crucially, how can moving-image representation of conflict affect the legitimacy, conduct and outcome of contemporary warfare?

The collapsing Twin Towers of September 11; the hooded figure at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq; the images of beheadings on the internet; the emaciated figure in a Bosnian-Serb concentration camp; the dancing flashes across the skylines of Baghdad as US-led air bombardment deals blows to another ‘rogue’ regime: such images define contemporary conflict.

Drawing on a wide range of examples from fiction and factual film, current affairs and television news, as well as new digital media, this book introduces the notion of moving images as the key weapons in contemporary armed conflict. The authors make use of information about the US, the UK, the ‘War on Terror’, the former Yugoslavia, former Soviet states, the Middle East and Africa.

War, Image and Legitimacy will be of great interest to students of war and security studies, media and communication studies, and international relations in general.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Moving Images and Meaning: The Nature of the Weapon 3. Feature Fiction 4. Documentary and Current Affairs 5. Television News 6. The Alphabet of Images 7. Image and Experience: Legitimacy and Contemporary War. Filmography and Bibliography

About the Series

Contemporary Security Studies

This series focuses on new research across the spectrum of international peace and security, in an era where each year throws up multiple examples of conflicts that present new security challenges in the world around them.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Military / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies