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ARCHIVES OF THE INSENSIBLE: OF WAR, PHOTOPOLITICS, AND DEAD MEMORY. Allen Feldman. University of Chicago Press, 2015. 432 pp. with 31 ills. 22 x 15 cm. ISBN 9780226277165 In English.
This title is offered as a special-order item. Paperbound edition also available; see Worldwide 167026. Publisher's description: In this jarring look at contemporary warfare and political visuality, renowned anthropologist of violence Allen Feldman provocatively argues that contemporary sovereign power mobilizes asymmetric, clandestine, and ultimately unending war as a will to truth. Whether responding to the fantasy of weapons of mass destruction or an existential threat to civilization, Western political sovereignty seeks to align justice, humanitarian right, and democracy with technocratic violence and visual dominance. Connecting Guantenamo tribunals to the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission, American counterfeit killings in Afghanistan to the Baader-Meinhof paintings of Gerhard Richter, and the video erasure of Rodney King to lynching photography and political animality, among other scenes of terror, Feldman contests sovereignty's claims to transcendental right --whether humanitarian, neoliberal, or democratic--by showing how dogmatic truth is crafted and terror indemnified by the prosecutorial media and materiality of war.
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Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 167025
Hardcover $90.00 nota bene: See Comment Above.

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