By Brent J Steele
---Michael C. Williams, Graduate university of Public and overseas Affairs, collage of Ottawa
"Brent Steele's remarkable excavation of the classy dimensions of strength is strikingly irreverent, inasmuch as he monitors no dedication to ex ante disciplinary or great constraints in his quest to reveal these moments of artistic motion so frequently ignored by way of theories and theorists wedded to the grandiose and the transhistorical. Steele samples and remixes a myriad of resources, arranging them on the way to produce a transgressively insightful account of ways 'work at the Self,' frequently condemned as self-indulgent through previous generations of intellectuals, may simply aspect towards a extra sustainably safe world."
---Patrick Thaddeus Jackson, college of foreign carrier, American University
"Defacing Power effectively integrates paintings from Dewey to Morgenthau to Foucault, in addition to a variety of modern diplomacy students, in its family tree of energy conceptualizations and features. This publication is theoretically subtle and critical. it may be of curiosity to scholars of foreign politics, overseas conception, social idea, and overseas policy."
---Cecelia Lynch, heart for international Peace and clash experiences, collage of California, Irvine
Defacing Power investigates how realms create self-images partly via aesthetics and the way those photographs could be manipulated to problem these states' strength. even supposing states have lengthy hired media, corresponding to radio, tv, and movie, for his or her personal image-making reasons, counterpower brokers have additionally seized upon new telecommunications applied sciences. such a lot lately, the web has emerged as contested territory the place states and different actors salary a conflict of phrases and images.
Moving past concept, Brent Steele illustrates his provocative argument concerning the vulnerability of energy with examples from contemporary heritage: the My Lai bloodbath and the Tet Offensive, September eleven and the al-Qaeda communiqué s, the atrocities at Fallujah and Abu Ghraib, and the U.S. reaction to the Asian tsunami of December 2004. He demonstrates how a nation-state---even one as robust because the United States---comes to believe threatened not just via different realms or terrorist organisations but additionally by means of unforeseen occasions that problem its self-constructed photo of defense. while, Steele exhibits that as each one iteration makes use of on hand media to create and re-create a countrywide id, technological ideas enable for the moving, upheaval, and growth of the cultural constitution of a nation.
Brent J. Steele is affiliate Professor of Political technology on the college of Kansas.