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New Book Focuses on Verticality in Investigating War, Violence and Security

Posted on 20/10/2013
Professor Pete Adey is the co-editor (with Mark Whitehead and Alison Williams) of the recently-published book From Above: Verticality, Violence and Visual Culture published by Hurst & Company. The book examines how technological changes facilitating an aerial viewpoint have changed the practices, discourses and experiences of war, violence and security. The book comprises an introduction by the editors and 13 chapters with authors from a range of disciplines. Section 1 is titled 'Science, Militarism and Distance' and includes a chapter by Professor Klaus Dodds on 'Aerial surveying, geopolitical competition and the Falkland Islands and Dependencies Aerial Survey Expedition (FIDASE 1955-7)'. The second section entitled 'Aerial Aesthetics, Distortion and the View from Below' deals with themes such as camouflage and the cinematic cultures of war. The final section examines the role of drones and surveillance technology in challenging practices of war and security in a section entitled 'From Close to Remote.' The book has recently been reviewed in Nature.

Pete Adey is Professor of Human Geography at RHUL and Director of the MSc in Geopolitics and Security which is taught in collaboration with the Department of Politics & International Relations.



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