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The other Vietnam Syndrome: Visuality, corporeal patriotism, and US military dissent and resistance in Iraq
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social and Economic Geography.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5123-1357
2013 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
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I argue that an important “regime of visuality” was given birth in reaction to the countercultural movements of the 1960s and their articulation in the efforts to end the Vietnam War. This regime of visuality associates antiwar activism with a particular kind of visual expression, and this visual coding we consider to be the “other” Vietnam syndrome. This syndrome represents an attempt to delegitimize antiwar activism and brand it as deviant through visual references to the Vietnam era, and it demands a kind of corporeal patriotism in which U.S. citizens must not only behave patriotically but also “look patriotic.” By reviewing the contemporary examples of the Appeal for Redress and the refusal of Ehren Watada to serve in Iraq, I show how this regime of visuality is relevant even for today’s antiwar activism in the US.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-287525OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-287525DiVA: diva2:922884
Nordic Association of American Studies
Available from: 2016-04-25 Created: 2016-04-25 Last updated: 2016-04-25

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