African ivories by Ezra Kate

By Ezra Kate

African Ivories is in lots of methods a collective attempt. with out the generosity, goodwill, and exuberance of the creditors of African artwork within the ny zone this exhibition couldn't were learned. The cooperation and guidance of my colleagues Diana Fane on the Brooklyn Museum, Anne Spencer on the Newark Museum, and Enid Schildkrout and Evelyn Feld on the American Museum of average background are significantly preferred, as are the various priceless feedback provided through Suzanne Preston Blier, Francesca Fleming, Clifford LaFontaine, Holly Ross, and Virginia-Lee Webb. i'm particularly thankful to Susan Vogel, who shared her wisdom of African paintings with me. ultimately, I owe many because of Julie Jones and Douglas Newton for his or her recommendation and belief.

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Ashley 1987: 412) International politics was thus conceived, conversely, as a domain of anarchy, the other of domestic order, a chaos of contending and warring interests. Community on the inside, anarchy on the outside, was the message of all realist theory and politics, the boundary between the two represented as a barrier to be preserved and protected because it is always in danger of being penetrated, pierced or transgressed (Ashley 1987; Walker 1987). And the task of realist statesmen was said to be to ensure that the domestic as well as international practices of their countries were disciplined enough to maintain the boundary between order and anarchy.

Flexible Response was a delicately crafted formula to which sixteen diverse allied nations were persuaded to subscribe politically, without much having to respond practically to the worries of their hegemonic partner when first confronted its own nuclear vulnerability. Deterrent defence thus rapidly became a widely consumable device to sell defence policies far more complex, and complexly driven, than the military strategic discourse of the strategy itself suggested. Deterrence was therefore no self-evident truth but a certain kind of truth-telling practice producing a convertible currency of rationalist discourse which appeared not only to hold but also to increase its political value the more it circulated.

What I am suggesting here is that part of the genealogy of security in the modern state is the evolution of its institutional practices from the conscription, mobilisation planning and early disciplinary methods of nineteenth-century armies to the more advanced cybernetical modernisation of the organisation and training of armed forces in the twentieth century (Dandeker 1994; Dillon and Reid 2009). Such a Foucauldean theme, of the extension, increasing sophistication and internalisation of disciplinary power/knowledge structures in the military, may provide a revealing account of the evolution of the sociology of armed forces from mass levies to professional managers of the means of violence; from the heroic to the managerial conception of military leadership and military virtues.

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