Aesthetics and World Politics (Rethinking Peace and Conflict by R. Bleiker

By R. Bleiker

This ebook offers one of many first systematic exams of aesthetic insights into global politics. It examines the character of aesthetic methods and descriptions how they range from conventional research of politics. The e-book explores the aptitude and bounds of aesthetics via a sequence of case reports on language and poetics.

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These and numerous other cases illustrate how aesthetic representations can capture aspects of international relations in a way that is qualitatively unique – and how these very representations then become an important aspect of political dynamics themselves. 110 The most substantial contribution here has been made by David Campbell through a series of highly compelling essays. Although Campbell engages a wide range of different and complex issues, he repeatedly highlights a key theme addressed above: how standardised photographic practices of presentation reinforce colonial stereotypes.

They have elevated a few select faculties – reason in particular – and given them the power to order all others. The result is the erasure of a crucial location of political struggles – the domain of representation – from our purview. This is why Waltz’s otherwise commendable attempt to move away from resemblance 28 Aesthetics and World Politics and recognition ends up in a science-driven process of abstraction that isolates a few select features and produces generalities from them. The problem here is not with abstraction per se, for abstraction is an inevitable component of any process of representation.

They claim strongly that there is, in essence, no difference between quantitative and qualitative approaches. Differences between them are ‘methodologically and substantively unimportant’, for both need to provide ‘verified scientific explanations . . 47 The consequences of such positions are far-reaching. They have dramatically narrowed the scope of inquiries into world politics and the tools available to pursue them. They have elevated a few select faculties – reason in particular – and given them the power to order all others.

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