Visibility and politics: an Arendtian reading of the US drone policy

da Mota, S. and Barrinha, A. (2017) Visibility and politics: an Arendtian reading of the US drone policy. Nação e Defesa (146). pp. 49-65. ISSN 0870-757X.

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This article analyses the critical connections between drones as lethal technological devices, visibility, and the very possibility of politics. Drawing on Hannah Arendt’s core postulates on politics, modern security and society, it problematises the political implications of using drones as a prominent security instrument in contemporary life. This reading is unpacked through the concept of visibility as a critical reference to analyse how security policies are dealt with politically. It suggests that drones have operated as an instrument of double invisibility, both to those living in the contexts where they are employed, and to those under whose name they are being used. The consequences of this invisibility for political life and the practice of security are also discussed in the light of the policy under the Obama administration.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Drones; Hannah Arendt; visibility; politics; Obama administration
Subjects: J Political Science
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology
Depositing User: Dr Andre Barrinha
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2017 08:33
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2017 06:42

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