Militarizing the Body Politic: New Mediations as Weapons of Mass Instruction

Graham, Philip and Luke, Allan (2003) Militarizing the Body Politic: New Mediations as Weapons of Mass Instruction. Body & Society, 9 4: 149-168. doi:10.1177/135703403773684702

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Author Graham, Philip
Luke, Allan
Title Militarizing the Body Politic: New Mediations as Weapons of Mass Instruction
Journal name Body & Society   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1357-034X
Publication date 2003-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/135703403773684702
Volume 9
Issue 4
Start page 149
End page 168
Total pages 20
Place of publication London, England
Publisher Sage
Language eng
Subject 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
1599 Other Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Abstract As militarization of bodies politic continues apace the world over, as military organizations again reveal themselves as primary political, economic and cultural forces in many societies, we argue that the emergent and potentially dominant form of political economic organization is a species of neo-feudal corporatism. Drawing upon Bourdieu, we theorize bodies politic as living habitus. Bodies politic are prepared for war and peace through new mediations, powerful means of public pedagogy. The process of militarization requires the generation of new, antagonistic evaluations of other bodies politic. Such evaluations are inculcated via these mediations, the movement of meanings across time and space, between formerly disparate histories, places, and cultures. New mediations touch new and different aspects of the body politic: its eyes, its ears, its organs, but they are consistently targeted at the formation of dispositions, the prime movers of action.
Keyword bodies politic
collective habitus
political formations
public pedagogy
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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