Tracing the connections between citizenship and spectatorship, and moving beyond the close reading of visual representations, this book focuses on the institutions and actors that create, monitor, and regulate the visual landscape of the GWOT. Adelman looks around and through common images to follow the complex patterns of practice by which institutions and audiences engage them in various contexts. In the process, she proposes a new methodology for studying visual cultures of conflict, and related phenomena like violence, terror, and suffering that are notoriously difficult to represent.
Attending to previously unanalyzed dimensions of this conflict, this book illustrates the complexity of GWOT visual culture and the variegated experiences of citizenship that result as Americans navigate this terrain.
"Ambitious in scope and argument, this book stands to make an important contribution to the fields of visual culture, international relations/political science, and American studies."—Bonnie Miller, author of From Liberation to Conquest: The Visual and Popular Cultures of the Spanish-American War of 1898
"Written in accessible style by an academic scholar of visual culture, the book will be useful for courses in media and communication, as well as in fields from animation design to criminal justice to political science, and for interested general readers."—ProtoView