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Distant Wars Visible: The Ambivalence of Witnessing

Wendy Kozol


Distant Wars Visible brings a new perspective to the enduring question about the efficacy of conflict photography and other forms of visual advocacy. In the twenty-first century, visuality has been a pivotal technology in the United States’ militaristic pursuit of its national security objectives as well as in critiques of the nation at war. This book analyzes both mainstream media and alternative and radical visual projects to understand how representations of U.S. militarism navigate in, through, and around national security logics. Visual witnessing, I argue, often remains bound up in natio ... More

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

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780816681297
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816681297.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Wendy Kozol, author