By Brent J Steele

"Combining a wealthy and sundry set of theoretical insights with a refined research of the politics of yank international coverage, Defacing Power marks an incredible contribution towards figuring out the ability of identification in global politics. Engagingly written and carefully argued, Steele's difficult research is incisive, vital, and rewarding."

---Michael C. Williams, Graduate institution of Public and foreign Affairs, collage of Ottawa

"Brent Steele's brilliant excavation of the cultured dimensions of strength is strikingly irreverent, inasmuch as he screens no dedication to ex ante disciplinary or sizeable constraints in his quest to reveal these moments of artistic motion so usually neglected by way of theories and theorists wedded to the grandiose and the transhistorical. Steele samples and remixes a myriad of assets, arranging them so that it will produce a transgressively insightful account of the way 'work at the Self,' frequently condemned as self-indulgent by way of past generations of intellectuals, could simply element towards a extra sustainably safe world."

---Patrick Thaddeus Jackson, tuition of foreign provider, American University

"Defacing Power effectively integrates paintings from Dewey to Morgenthau to Foucault, in addition to quite a lot of modern diplomacy students, in its family tree of energy conceptualizations and features. This booklet is theoretically refined and severe. it may be of curiosity to scholars of foreign politics, overseas idea, social thought, and international policy."

---Cecelia Lynch, heart for worldwide Peace and clash reports, college of California, Irvine

Defacing Power investigates how geographical regions create self-images partly via aesthetics and the way those photos could be manipulated to problem these states' strength. even supposing states have lengthy hired media, resembling radio, tv, and movie, for his or her personal image-making reasons, counterpower brokers have additionally seized upon new telecommunications applied sciences. such a lot lately, the web has emerged as contested territory the place states and different actors salary a conflict of phrases and images.

Moving past thought, Brent Steele illustrates his provocative argument concerning the vulnerability of strength with examples from contemporary historical past: the My Lai bloodbath and the Tet Offensive, September eleven and the al-Qaeda communiqué s, the atrocities at Fallujah and Abu Ghraib, and the U.S. reaction to the Asian tsunami of December 2004. He demonstrates how a nation-state---even one as strong because the United States---comes to believe threatened not just via different geographical regions or terrorist businesses but in addition by way of unforeseen occasions that problem its self-constructed photograph of protection. while, Steele indicates that as each one new release makes use of on hand media to create and re-create a countrywide id, technological suggestions permit for the transferring, upheaval, and enlargement of the cultural constitution of a nation.

Brent J. Steele is affiliate Professor of Political technology on the collage of Kansas.

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