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By Sherrill E. Grace, Patrick Imbert, Tiffany Johnstone

As the centenary of the good conflict techniques, electorate around the world are reflecting at the heritage, trauma, and losses of a war-torn 20th century. it's in remembering earlier wars that we're without delay faced with the profound horror and agony of armed clash and the expanding elusiveness of peace. The individuals to Bearing Witness don't presume to solve those troubling questions, yet galvanize new different types of mirrored image. They discover literature, the humanities, heritage, language, and pop culture to maneuver past the language of rhetoric and commemoration supplied through politicians and the army. including nuance to discussions of warfare and peace, this assortment probes the knowledge and perception created within the works of musicians, dramatists, poets, painters, photographers, and novelists, to supply a posh view of the ways that warfare is waged, witnessed, and remembered. A compelling and informative assortment, Bearing Witness sheds new gentle at the influence of battle and the facility of agony, heroism and reminiscence, to reveal the human roots of violence and compassion. individuals contain Heribert Adam (Simon Fraser University), Laura Brandon (Carleton University), Mireille Calle-Gruber (Université los angeles Sorbonne Nouvelle), Janet Danielson (Simon Fraser University), Sandra Djwa (emeritus, Simon Fraser University), Alan Filewod (University of Guelph), Sherrill Grace (University of British Columbia), Patrick Imbert (University of Ottawa), Tiffany Johnstone (PhD Candidate, collage of British Columbia), Martin Löschnigg (Graz University), Lauren Lydic (PhD, college of Toronto), Conny Steenman Marcusse (Netherlands), Jonathan Vance (University of Western Ontario), Aritha van Herk (University of Calgary), Peter C. van Wyck (Concordia University), Christl Verduyn (Mount Allison University), and Anne Wheeler (filmmaker).

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But the horror of modern war is that she is not. 2 Understanding the Motivation to Enlist j o n a t h a n f. v a n c e Why We Fight was the title given to a seven-part film series commissioned by the US government between 1942 and 1945 as a way to explain to Americans the issues of the Second World War. The decision to create this series arose from a belief that the majority of Americans were not fully aware of the philosophical issues involved in the war; they needed to be convinced of the dangers of isolationism and the necessity of joining the crusade against fascism.

Army values Through America’s Army, players have learned about rules of engagement (ROE), lifesaving, laws of war and Army Values, the set of noble values that are the foundation of the world’s premier land force (America’s Army). If warplay is complicit in contemporary military systems, it produces experiential understandings of war and warfighting that have social consequences that surpass concerns about affective modeling. I am reminded of the deeper implications of this subject by the fates of two young men: the Ontario teen already cited, whose obsession with Call of Duty led to a terrible tragedy, and another Ontarian, Omar Khadr, who has to date spent ten years in a Guantanamo cell, accused of war crimes because as a fifteen-year-old child soldier he may have thrown a grenade that killed a US serviceman in Afghanistan.

Using the theoretical concepts of performance studies, he identifies what he calls a contemporary “reenactment culture” in today’s Western societies. ” He opens by acknowledging the presence of these games in his own life, in his home (where his son plays them), and in current affairs, and he moves from there to an exploration of the ethical and behavioural consequences of “warplay,” whether in computer games or actual reenactments. Filewod argues that the human activity of role playing, when focused on war, reveals important aspects of gender identity, of a masculinist desire for power, and a belief (illusory in the final analysis) in personal agency that is severed from interpersonal responsibility.

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