Chapter Six. Aerial Environments

  1. Peter Adey

Published Online: 4 JUN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324631.ch6

Aerial Life: Spaces, Mobilities, Affects

Aerial Life: Spaces, Mobilities, Affects

How to Cite

Adey, P. (2010) Aerial Environments, in Aerial Life: Spaces, Mobilities, Affects, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444324631.ch6

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 JUN 2010
  2. Published Print: 14 MAY 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405182621

Online ISBN: 9781444324631



  • aerial aggression and aerial environments;
  • clichéd representations of ‘Shock and Awe’ - in US bombing of Baghdad, a kind of post-modern war;
  • beginnings of colonial policing in Arabia - to Arthur Harris' doctrine of strategic bombing in Second World War;
  • today's ‘effects-based’ operations - airpower, affects through explicit targeting of environmental effects;
  • aeroplane's production of environments - the environments it imagines;
  • unthinking aerial war- the British learning to unthink, to understand the Arabian mindset;
  • calculation, amplification and geographies of explosion;
  • Brazilian SIVAM/CENSIPAM system of aerial reconnaissance - aeroplane, a platform for viewing;
  • spreading of Agent Orange - during Vietnam War;
  • ‘subalterns war’, ferret teams using - Dyak headhunters, for finding and flushing out CT camps and hideaways


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • The Emergence of a Target

  • Systems, Circulations and Ecological Warfare

  • Air Conditioning

  • Conclusion