The Colonial Present: Afghanistan. Palestine. Iraq / Edition 1by Derek Gregory
Pub. Date: 08/09/2004
In this powerful and passionate critique of the “war on terror” in Afghanistan, Palestine, and Iraq, Derek Gregory traces the long history of British and American involvements in the Middle East. He argues that the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11 activated a series of political and cultural responses that mapped a… See more details below
In this powerful and passionate critique of the “war on terror” in Afghanistan, Palestine, and Iraq, Derek Gregory traces the long history of British and American involvements in the Middle East. He argues that the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11 activated a series of political and cultural responses that mapped a profoundly colonial perimeter of power. The Colonial Present traces the connections between political, military, and economic power – the grand strategies of geopolitics – and the spatial stories told by the lives of ordinary people. It also shows the intimate connections between events in Afghanistan, Palestine, and Iraq. Packed with empirical detail, and shot through with arresting arguments, The Colonial Present is indispensable reading for anyone seeking to understand a world riven by a war on terror that is also a war of terror.
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Table of Contents
List of Figures.
Part 1: The Colonial Present:.
1.1 Foucault’s Laughter.
1.2 The Present Tense.
Part 2: Architectures of Enmity:.
2.1 Imaginative Geographies.
2.2 “Why do they hate us?”.
2.3 September 11.
Part 3: The Land Where Red Tulips Grew:.
3.1 Great Games.
3.2 Uncivil Wars and Transnational Terrorism.
3.3 The Sorcerer’s Apprentices.
Part 4 Civilization and Barbarism:.
4.1 The Visible and the Invisible.
4.2 Territorialization, Targets, and Technoculture.
4.3 Deadly Messengers.
4.4 Spaces of the Exception.
Part 5 Barbed Boundaries:.
5.1 America’s Israel.
5.2 Diaspora, Dispossession, and Disaster.
5.3 Occupation, Coercion, and Colonization.
5.4 Camp David and Goliath.
Part 6: Defiled Cities:.
6.1 Ground Zeros.
6.2 Besieging Cartographies.
6.3 Identities and Oppositions.
Part 7: The Tyranny of Strangers:.
7.1 “Not as conquerors or enemies…”.
7.2 Coups and Conflicts.
7.3 Desert Storms and Urban Nightmares.
Part 8: Boundless War:.
8.1 Black September.
8.2 Killing Grounds.
8.3 The Cutting-room War.
Part 9: Gravity’s Rainbows:.
9.1 Connective Dissonance.
9.2 The Colonial Present and Cultures of Travel.
9.3 Pandora’s Spaces.
Guide to Further Reading.
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