Abu Musab al Zarqawi: the making and unmaking of an American monster (in Baghdad)

Chambers, Peter 2012, Abu Musab al Zarqawi: the making and unmaking of an American monster (in Baghdad), Alternatives: global, local, political, vol. 37, no. 1, pp. 30-51, doi: 10.1177/0304375412440871.

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Title Abu Musab al Zarqawi: the making and unmaking of an American monster (in Baghdad)
Author(s) Chambers, Peter
Journal name Alternatives: global, local, political
Volume number 37
Issue number 1
Start page 30
End page 51
Total pages 22
Publisher Sage
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Publication date 2012-02-01
ISSN 0304-3754
Keyword(s) Abu Musab al Zarqawi
global war on terror
coalition of the willing
Summary On June 7, 2006, Abu Musab al Zarqawi, the United States’ ‘public enemy number two’, was killed by two 500lb bombs, dropped by US forces on the safe house in which he and others were hiding. This paper is about the making and unmaking of Al Zarqawi as a monster, and his curious afterlife as a governmental technology. As we pass the fifth anniversary of his death, this detailed study of Al Zarqawi offers an invaluable general lesson for the political analysis of terror. Zarqawi’s monstration – his making and unmaking as monster – tells us about the powers of naming and linking that characterize executive power in the age of globalized media systems, and the productive relation between diurnal practices of security work and the nocturnal phantasms of cultural memory carried by media which, this paper argues, drive and sustain wars in the twenty-first century.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/0304375412440871
Field of Research 160204 Criminological Theories
1606 Political Science
1608 Sociology
Socio Economic Objective 940399 International Relations not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2012, The Authors
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