Unmanning: How Humans, Machines, and Media Perform Drone Warfare

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Rutgers University Press
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.6 inches | 0.55 pounds

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About the Author

Katherine Fehr Chandler is an assistant professor in the Culture and Politics Program at the Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University. She received her PhD in rhetoric from the University of California, Berkeley.


"This book makes a much-needed intervention into the popular discourses that surround drone warfare today. Drawing on extensive archival research, Unmanning offers detailed histories that deconstruct the most persistent mythologies of air war in general and automated and distance weaponry in particular to offer completely new perspectives on one of the most significant technological trends in contemporary warfare."
--Caren Kaplan "author of Aerial Aftermaths: Wartime from Above"
"In Unmanning, Katherine Chandler offers a compelling history of the drone that complicates and deepens our understanding of what is at stake in the performative rhetoric that fuels the automation of US military air power. This book is an invaluable resource for everyone concerned with the erasures of human agencies that enable claims for technical autonomy in contemporary warfighting."--Lucy Suchman "author of Human-Machine Reconfigurations"
"Drone theory tends to replicate the god's eye view enjoyed by its object. Katherine Fehr Chandler bucks this trend, grounding her new theory of 'unmanned' aerial vehicles in their wayward and failure-ridden history as human-machine-media assemblages. The effacement of that history, Chandler argues, is what allowed drones to assume their current role: as sleek, agential means for disavowing both the responsibility of their wielders and the humanity of their targets. Unmanning is a timely and fascinating book."--Paul K. Saint-Amour "author of Tense Future: Modernism, Total War, Encyclopedic Form"