Intervention Narratives - Purnima Bose (Paperback)

Afghanistan, the United States, and the Global War on Terror

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9781978805989
Department
Books
Released
17 Jan 2020
Supply Source
USA

Book

Author
Purnima Bose
Subtitle
Afghanistan, the United States, and the Global War on Terror
Binding
Paperback
Publisher
Rutgers Univ Pr
Series
War Culture
Language
English
Number of Pages
228
Dimensions
229 x 152mm

Summary

  • Intervention Narratives examines contradictory cultural representations of the US intervention in Afghanistan that justify an imperial foreign policy. Bose demonstrates that contemporary imperialism operates on an ideologically diverse terrain by marshaling familiar tropes of entrepreneurship, pet love, and Orientalist stereotypes to enlist support for the war across the political spectrum.
  • Intervention Narratives examines the contradictory cultural representations of the US intervention in Afghanistan that help to justify an imperial foreign policy. These narratives involve projecting Afghans as brave anti-communist warriors who suffered the consequences of American disengagement with the region following the end of the Cold War, as victimized women who can be empowered through enterprise, as innocent dogs who need to be saved by US soldiers, and as terrorists who deserve punishment for 9/11. Given that much of public political life now involves affect rather than knowledge, feelings rather than facts, familiar recurring tropes of heroism, terrorism, entrepreneurship, and canine love make the war easier to comprehend and elicit sympathy for US military forces. An indictment of US policy, Bose demonstrates that contemporary imperialism operates on an ideologically diverse cultural terrain to enlist support for the war across the political spectrum.
     

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General Subject
Military
BISAC Subject 1
History / Military / Afghan War (2001-)
BISAC Subject 3
History / Middle East / General
Dewey Classification
958