The epistemology of lethality: bullets, knowledge trajectories, kinetic effects

Ford, Matthew (2019) The epistemology of lethality: bullets, knowledge trajectories, kinetic effects. European Journal of International Security. ISSN 2057-5637

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Abstract

The science of ammunition lethality is a field that seeks to define the point at which military ordnance takes life and produces death. By historicising lethality's epistemology, I reveal the intellectual fissures and scientific uncertainties that have been reified and embedded into contemporary conceptions of military power. This not only tells us something about the processes by which science is subordinated to war, but also offers a new lens from which to consider the way knowledge claims about battle are co-constructed and legitimated through military practices. As a result, this article places science back into a narrative that otherwise frames the ontology of war in terms of fighting.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Knowledge regimes, epistemology, sociology of knowledge, kinetic effects, Critical War Studies
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > International Relations
Research Centres and Groups: Sussex Centre for Conflict and Security Research
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
J Political Science > JZ International relations > JZ6385 The armed conflict. War and order
Depositing User: Matthew Ford
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2019 13:36
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2019 11:30
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/84268

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