War, Image and Legitimacy: Viewing Contemporary Conflict [NOOK Book]

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781134145423
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/10/2008
  • Series: Contemporary Security Studies
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 296
  • File size: 445 KB

Table of Contents


Preface     xiii
Introduction     1
Media and war: moving images and meaning     2
Weapons for winning: construction and kinesis     7
Approaches     10
The book     12
Moving images and meaning: the nature of the weapon     15
Film, television and war     15
Moving images: the nature of narratives     21
Strategies of understanding     28
Feature fiction film     33
Interpreting the Yugoslav war on screen     33
No Man's Land     42
Prisoners of the Caucasus     47
Kings in the desert     56
Black Hawks downed     66
Documentary and current affairs     74
The Fall of Milosevic: the final Death of Yugoslavia?     75
Chechnya and media management: prisoners of the Caucasus     84
From prisoners to hostages: Chechen terrorism and the Beslan Siege     92
Turning up the heat: fire-fighters and Fahrenheit 9/11     96
'Real war movies' and embed specials     102
Televison news     117
Bosnia by television     118
September 11 live and reflected - the ABC of coverage     123
The real 'CNN effect': theepicentre of the storm - local news for the world     128
CBS news: What We Saw     134
After September 11 - Afghanistan and 'the war on terror'     138
The WMD phantom and the Law Lord's shadow: 'non-image' images and absent images - Kelly and Kay     145
Fallen heroes, flags and faces     151
Occupation preoccupations - America's image problems     157
The alphabet of images     165
Africa, image, war: the black hole     165
Webs of war and MPeg impact     174
Authors and approaches to representing war on screen: the ABCNNBCBS of TV news and current affairs     180
Dropping and weighing anchor: continuity and change in network news     190
Image and experience: legitimacy and contemporary war     197
Contemporary conflict, legitimacy and strategic success     197
Kinetic images, kinetic force: image environment domination, containment and suppression     205
Conclusion: image and experience, legitimacy and war     218
Notes     223
Selected filmography and bibliography     250
Index     259
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