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Securitising the unconscious : the Bush doctrine of pre-emption and 'minority report'.

Weber, Cynthia (2005) Securitising the unconscious : the Bush doctrine of pre-emption and 'minority report'. Geopolitics, 10 (3). pp. 482-499. ISSN 1465-0045

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Abstract

Using Minority Report as its interpretive guide, this essay considers how the securitisation of the unconscious is performed in primarily fiction (film) but also 'fact' (US foreign policy). The essay makes two general arguments. Implicitly, it argues that American moralities and what I call US moral grammars of war are not only formulated in traditional realms of politics but in geopolitical moral imaginaries in which US foreign policy intersects with popular (often filmic) imaginaries as well as with narratives about the family. Elaborating on this final point about the family, the essay explicitly argues that the feminine is the keystone of the US moral grammar of war in the war on terror because it is the foundational figure upon whom a specific articulation of a moral US 'we' is constructed. What this means is that as the US 'we' looks ahead to who a future moral American US 'we' might become (which is the theme of Minority Report and a theme in everyday post-11 September American life), it ought to begin by understanding how the feminine both secures and insecures the complex relationship between justice and security, particularly as it functions in relation to the present-day Bush administration's policies of securitising the unconscious.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Geopolitics
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
ID Code: 19784
Deposited By: Mrs Janet Harris
Deposited On: 11 Nov 2008 16:16
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 20:24
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/19784

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