NMD and the ‘everyday’

Natalie Bormann

in National Missile Defence and the Politics of US Identity

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780719074707
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701331 | DOI:
NMD and the ‘everyday’

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This chapter further discusses missile defence, although it shifts from the official strategic documents to ‘everyday’ practices, first describing the realm of the everyday as one which covers an entire network of socially embedded meaning, and then stating that NMD connects with the sphere of daily life in various ways. The next section considers the use of the image of the defence shield to describe the function of NMD and takes a look at the place where missile defence – as identity practice – is reproduced in and intersects with daily life discourses. The chapter also introduces David Tanks' analogy, where the defence system is compared to the stages of a baseball match, and the intimate correlation between popular culture and the textual practices of US foreign policy.

Keywords: missile defence; everyday practices; socially embedded meaning; defence shield; identity practice; daily life discourses; baseball analogy; popular culture; textual practices; US foreign policy

Chapter.  9131 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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