Feasts of Indifference: Racialization, Affect, and Necropolitics in 1X War Games

Mayar M (2021)
European Journal of American Studies 16(3): 17374.

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Abstract / Bemerkung
Graphically and narratively simple war games such as the critically acclaimed, counter-narrative September 12th (2003) and the heavily criticized and deleted Muslim Massacre (2008)—titles that I refer to as 1X war games—trade in the overall logic of necropolitics. I refer to these games as 1X because, in encountering America’s enemies, they promote only the last of the 4X game-verbs, that is, “eXterminate.” In other words, instead of planning how to best train for, track down, encounter, and ultimately fight against this enemy, the choice that these controversial, post-9/11games offer is to simply eliminate the already out-at-large, under-armed, erratic Muslim enemy in a drone-like, distanced, and lackluster manner. As I suggest in this essay, 1X games promote unappealing and non-immersive, yet overtly political projects of death. Adopting Achille Mbembe’s notion of necroplitics in the ludic, mechropolitical sense proposed by Amanda Phillips, I focus on these games’ opposing, yet usefully comparable, approaches to enmification through racialization through entertainment—a two-step project of death that, nodding to Sharon Patricia Holland, I understand as affective, yet heedless feasts of indifference.
Erscheinungsjahr
2021
Zeitschriftentitel
European Journal of American Studies
Band
16
Ausgabe
3
Art.-Nr.
17374
eISSN
1991-9336
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https://pub.uni-bielefeld.de/record/2957554

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Mayar M. Feasts of Indifference: Racialization, Affect, and Necropolitics in 1X War Games. European Journal of American Studies . 2021;16(3): 17374.
Mayar, M. (2021). Feasts of Indifference: Racialization, Affect, and Necropolitics in 1X War Games. European Journal of American Studies , 16(3), 17374. https://doi.org/10.4000/ejas.17374
Mayar, M. (2021). Feasts of Indifference: Racialization, Affect, and Necropolitics in 1X War Games. European Journal of American Studies 16:17374.
Mayar, M., 2021. Feasts of Indifference: Racialization, Affect, and Necropolitics in 1X War Games. European Journal of American Studies , 16(3): 17374.
M. Mayar, “Feasts of Indifference: Racialization, Affect, and Necropolitics in 1X War Games”, European Journal of American Studies , vol. 16, 2021, : 17374.
Mayar, M.: Feasts of Indifference: Racialization, Affect, and Necropolitics in 1X War Games. European Journal of American Studies . 16, : 17374 (2021).
Mayar, Mahshid. “Feasts of Indifference: Racialization, Affect, and Necropolitics in 1X War Games”. European Journal of American Studies 16.3 (2021): 17374.
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