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Distant Wars VisibleThe Ambivalence of Witnessing$
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Wendy Kozol

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780816681297

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816681297.001.0001

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Battlefield Trophies

Battlefield Trophies

Soldiers’ Archives and the Affective Politics of Recoil

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(p.127) 4 Battlefield Trophies
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Distant Wars Visible
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Wendy Kozol

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816681297.003.0005

This chapter explores the ways in which archives that bear the traces of military violence set up ambivalent affective demands for those who turn to photographic archives in pursuit of evidence. I propose witnessing strategies that encourage a self-reflexive engagement with spectatorship and the ethical challenges of historical accountability.

Keywords:   Visual Witnessing, War on Terror, U.S. militarism, Women’s Human Rights, Photojournalism, Abu Ghraib, Orientalism, Conflict Photography, Humanitarianism, Ethical spectatorship

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