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Introduction: Virtual War and Magical Death
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology.
2013 (English)In: Virtual War and Magical Death: Technologies and Imaginaries for Terror and Killing / [ed] Neil L. Whitehead and Sverker Finnström, Durham: Duke University Press , 2013Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This book was inspired by a number of considerations: the limits of ethnographic participation in war zones, the way in which the imaginary becomes significant in creating meaning in the chaotic context of war zones, and how a space of virtual conflict and war emerges from these conjunctions. Such a virtual space is not separate from the physical battlefield, although for most Euro-Americans the battles are something “out there” in the presumably dangerous spaces of Africa, Middle East, or south of the Mexico–United States border. However, we contend in the volume that the actual killings on the battlefields, wherever they happen to be located, are intimately linked to an emerging virtual space created by news and cinematic and gaming media as well as the mediating and mapping technologies of contemporary military violence—such as airborne attack drones, satellite surveillance from space, stealth airplanes and helicopters, night-vision equipment, and the associated use of politically covert assassination operations...

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Durham: Duke University Press , 2013.
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Cultural Anthropology
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-140384OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-140384DiVA: diva2:383511
Available from: 2011-01-05 Created: 2011-01-05 Last updated: 2014-11-05

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