Aesthetics and World Politics

Bleiker, R. Aesthetics and World Politics. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.

Author Bleiker, R.
Title Aesthetics and World Politics
Place of Publication London
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Publication year 2009
Sub-type Research book (original research)
Series Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies
ISBN 978-1-4039-9575-9
978-1-4039-9576-6
Start page 1
End page 271
Total number of pages 271
Collection year 2010
Year available 2009
Subjects A1
750700 International Relations
9403 International Relations
160607 International Relations
Abstract/Summary This book offers a passionate but systematically sustained defence of an aesthetic engagement with world politics. It argues that aesthetic sources can offer alternative insight: a type of reflective understanding that emerges not from applying the analytical skills that are central to the social sciences, but from cultivating a more open-ended level of creativity and sensibility about the political. We then might be able to appreciate what we otherwise cannot even see: perspectives or people excluded from prevailing purviews, for instance, or the emotional nature and consequences of political events. Drawing on detailed case studies that range from Stalinist Russia to Cold War Germany and from global terrorism to contemporary Korea, the author compellingly demonstrates how images, sounds and the poetic imagination can help us understand - and perhaps even shape - some of the most difficult political challenges.
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