Shadows of War by Carolyn Nordstrom
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Shadows of War
By Carolyn Nordstrom

Shadows of War

Violence, Power, and International Profiteering in the Twenty-First Century

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Shadows of War by Carolyn Nordstrom

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In this provocative and compelling examination of the deep politics of war, Carolyn Nordstrom takes us from the immediacy of war-zone survival, through the offices of power brokers, to vast extra-legal networks that fuel war and international profiteering. She captures the human face of the front lines, revealing both the visible and the hidden realities of war in the twenty-first century. "Shadows of War" is grounded in ethnographic research carried out at the epicenters of political violence on several continents. Its pages are populated not only with the perpetrators and victims of war but also with the scoundrels, silent heroes, and average families who live their lives in the midst of explosive violence. War reconfigures our most basic notions of humanity, Nordstrom demonstrates. This book, of crucial importance at the present moment, shows that war is enmeshed in struggles over the very foundations of the sovereign state, the crafting of economic empires both legal and illegal, and innovative searches for peace. Nordstrom describes the multi-trillion-dollar international financial networks that support warfare. She traces the entangled routes by which illegal drugs, precious gems, weapons, basic food supplies, and pharmaceuticals are moved by an international cast of businesspeople, profiteers, and black-market operators. "Shadows of War" demonstrates how the experiences of both the architects of war and of ordinary people are deleted from media accounts and replaced with stories about soldiers, weapons, and territory. For the first time, this book retrieves from the shadows the faces of those whose stories seldom reach the light of international recognition.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520242418
ISBN-10: 0520242416
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 15mm)
Pages: 306
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 4-May-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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Fieldwork Under Fire by Carolyn Nordstrom Fieldwork Under Fire, Paperback (January 1996)

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Paths to Domination, Resistance and Terror by Carolyn Nordstrom Paths to Domination, Resistance and Terror, Paperback (February 1992)

A text on socio-political violence that highlights the human experience of domination, resistance and terror as they are woven into the fabric of everyday life. It takes the reader from the Americas, Europe, the Middle East to Asia to capture the cultural construction of socio-political violence.

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Author Biography - Carolyn Nordstrom

Carolyn Nordstrom is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Notre Dame. She is the author of A Different Kind of War Story (1997) and the coeditor of Fieldwork under Fire: Contemporary Studies of Violence and Survival (California, 1995) and The Paths to Domination, Resistance, and Terror (California, 1992).

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