US Military Abuses at Abu Ghraib

Adrian Parr

in Deleuze and Memorial Culture

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780748627547
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652433 | DOI:
US Military Abuses at Abu Ghraib

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This chapter focuses on the issue of memory associated with the revelation and images of U.S. military abuses at Abu Ghraib. It explores the sociality of memory in terms of a productive power using Michel Foucault's notion of power as a form of disciplinary control in concert with Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari's concept of desire as social. The chapter suggests that the potentially revolutionary social energies which the release of the Abu Ghraib images initiated were disciplined by another series of social forces. These were the collective memory of 9/11, which was still fresh in every American's mind, and the deeper racist visual history that the Abu Ghraib images resonated with.

Keywords: U.S. military abuses; Abu Ghraib; sociality of memory; notion of power; Michel Foucault; Deleuze and Guattari; desire as social; 9/11; racist visual history

Chapter.  7854 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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