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Shadows of War: Violence, Power, and International Profiteering in the Twenty-First Century / Edition 1
     

Shadows of War: Violence, Power, and International Profiteering in the Twenty-First Century / Edition 1

by Carolyn Nordstrom
 

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ISBN-10: 0520242416

ISBN-13: 9780520242418

Pub. Date: 05/17/2004

Publisher: University of California Press


In this provocative and compelling examination of the deep politics of war, Carolyn Nordstrom takes us from the immediacy of war-zone survival, through the offices of power brokers, to vast extra-legal networks that fuel war and international profiteering. She captures the human face of the front lines, revealing both the visible and the hidden realities of war in

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In this provocative and compelling examination of the deep politics of war, Carolyn Nordstrom takes us from the immediacy of war-zone survival, through the offices of power brokers, to vast extra-legal networks that fuel war and international profiteering. She captures the human face of the front lines, revealing both the visible and the hidden realities of war in the twenty-first century. Shadows of War is grounded in ethnographic research carried out at the epicenters of political violence on several continents. Its pages are populated not only with the perpetrators and victims of war but also with the scoundrels, silent heroes, and average families who live their lives in the midst of explosive violence. War reconfigures our most basic notions of humanity, Nordstrom demonstrates. This book, of crucial importance at the present moment, shows that war is enmeshed in struggles over the very foundations of the sovereign state, the crafting of economic empires both legal and illegal, and innovative searches for peace.

Nordstrom describes the multi-trillion-dollar international financial networks that support warfare. She traces the entangled routes by which illegal drugs, precious gems, weapons, basic food supplies, and pharmaceuticals are moved by an international cast of businesspeople, profiteers, and black-market operators. Shadows of War demonstrates how the experiences of both the architects of war and of ordinary people are deleted from media accounts and replaced with stories about soldiers, weapons, and territory. For the first time, this book retrieves from the shadows the faces of those whose stories seldom reach the light of international recognition.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520242418
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
05/17/2004
Series:
California Series in Public Anthropology Series , #10
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
306
Sales rank:
1,211,208
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsxi
Part 1Introductions1
1.Prologue5
2.A Conversation in a Bar at the Front19
3.Making Things Invisible25
Part 2War41
4.Finding the Front Lines45
5.Violence55
6.Power71
Part 3Shadows83
7.Entering the Shadows87
8.A First Exploratory Definition of the Shadows105
9.The Cultures of the Shadows: The Meat, Potatoes, Diamonds, and Guns of Daily Life119
Part 4Peace?139
10.The Institutionalization of the Shadows: (Habits of War Mar Landscapes of Peace)143
11.The Autobiography of a Man Called Peace157
12.The Time of Not-War-Not-Peace165
13.Peace175
14.The Problems with Peace187
Part 5Dangerous Profits205
15.Ironies in the Shadows: (Literally) Untold Profits and a Key Source of Development209
16.Why Don't We Study the Shadows?225
17.Epilogue: Two Sides of the Same Coin239
Postscript: The War of the Month Club--Iraq245
Notes251
Bibliography273
Index283

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