Redaction Countertime

Jonathan E. Abel

in Redacted

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780520273344
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780520953406 | DOI:
Redaction Countertime

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The brief conclusion argues in favor of drawing on the lessons of Japanese redaction to read more recent instances of information control. Recent uses of redaction in the face of censorship and archival control are but another chapter in the story of archive fever and redaction frenzy that accompany imperial overstretch. The presence of these myriad and multiple archives of censors should not lull us into a complacent assumption that history will bring all things to light or that redaction marks can ever give back all that was lost, instead they should inspire sensitivity and reaction, response and resistance to the always present and not entirely counterproductive censors.

Keywords: censorship; redaction; neocon; Iraq war; critique of presentism; critique of positivism

Chapter.  6443 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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