Stealth-spectacles: the discursive waves of the nuclear Asian seascape

Kaur, Raminder (2021) Stealth-spectacles: the discursive waves of the nuclear Asian seascape. Journal for Peace and Nuclear Disarmament. pp. 1-23. ISSN 2575-1654

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When compared to the bombast of nuclear tests, nuclear submarines come with the relatively quiet fantasy of victory-to-come against neighbouring nuclear adversaries. Such political expressions are making their mark in Indian popular culture that hitherto had little commentary to offer on submarines. Outlets such as film and digital media on submarines rest on an aporia that resonates across the pleats and folds of secrecy and publicity: there is a felt need to keep covert underwater vessels under wraps, yet also an irrepressible desire to glorify the technological achievement and political posturings enabled by thesecond strike capability of a nuclear armed and powered submarine. Highlighting the tensile allure of both stealth and spectacle, the article considers the ways submarines make a mark in Indian audio-visual and digital media alongside the affective resonance of submarines more widely. By understanding their hegemonic dynamics, we can begin to raise questions about the ongoing nuclearisation of the Asian region and neighbouring arterial seas described here as the Asian seascape.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Anthropology
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Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2020 07:44
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2021 14:15

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