Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780745331799 Published September 2012 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $105.00 ISBN: 9780745331805 Published September 2012 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

How to Look Good in a War: Justifying and Challenging State Violence

Brian Rappert

How to Look Good in a War: Justifying and Challenging State Violence

Brian Rappert

Distributed for Pluto Press

184 pages | 5.31496 x 8.46457
Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780745331799 Published September 2012 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $105.00 ISBN: 9780745331805 Published September 2012 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

How to Look Good in A War examines the methods used to depict, defend and justify the use of state violence. Many books have shown how 'truth is the first casualty of war' but this is the first to analyse exactly how pro-war narratives are constructed and normalised.

Brian Rappert details the 'upside-down' world of war in which revelation conceals, knowledge fosters uncertainty, and transparency obscures. He looks at government spin during recent wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya where officials manoeuvre between circulating and withholding information.

Examining how organised violence is justified, How to Look Good in A War draws on experiences from recent controversy to consider how ignorance about the operation of war is produced and how concerned individuals and groups can intervene to make a difference.

Contents

Introduction: Grasping Shadows
Part I: Partial Revelations
1. Show and Tell: Distortion, Accuracy, and WMD
2. Estimating Ignorance
3. Disabling Discourses: International Law, Legitimacy, and the Politics of Balance
Part II: Dialogues
4. Open Conversations and Public Secrets?: The Banning of Cluster Munitions
5 . Binding Options
6. Framing and Framed: The Category of Explosive Violence
Conclusion. Pulling Back
Notes
Index

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