How America Justifies Its War: A Modern/Postmodern Aesthetics of Masculinity and Sovereignty
Version of Record online: 9 JAN 2009
2006 by Hypatia, Inc.
Volume 21, Issue 4, pages 147–163, November 2006
How to Cite
Mann, B. (2006), How America Justifies Its War: A Modern/Postmodern Aesthetics of Masculinity and Sovereignty. Hypatia, 21: 147–163. doi: 10.1111/j.1527-2001.2006.tb01132.x
- Issue online: 9 JAN 2009
- Version of Record online: 9 JAN 2009
The lies about the reasons for the U.S. war against Iraq provoked no mass public outcry in the United States against the war. What is the process of justification for this war, a process that seems to need no reasons? Mann argues that the process of justification is not a process of rational deliberation but one of aesthetic self-constitution, of rebuilding a masculine national identity. Included is a feminist reading of the National Defense University document Shock and Awe.