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Unstaging war: confronting conflict and peace


Fry, T, Unstaging war: confronting conflict and peace, Palgrave Macmillan Cham, London, pp. 332. ISBN 978-3-030-24719-5 (2019) [Authored Research Book]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/978-3-030-24720-1


This book presents the concept of 'unstaging' war as a strategic response to the failure of the discourse and institutions of peace. This failure is explained by exploring the changing character of conflict in current and emergent global circumstances, such as asymmetrical conflicts, insurgencies, and terrorism. Fry argues that this pluralisation of war has broken the binary relation between war and peace: conflict is no longer self-evident, and consequentially the changes in the conditions, nature, systems, philosophies and technologies of war must be addressed.

Through a deep understanding of contemporary war, Fry explains why peace fails as both idea and process, before presenting 'Unstaging War' as a concept and nascent practice that acknowledges conflict as structurally present, and so is not able to be dealt with by attempts to create peace. Against a backdrop of increasingly tense relations between global power blocs, the beginnings of a new nuclear arms race, and the ever-increasing human and environmental impacts of climate change, a more viable alternative to war is urgently needed. Unstaging War is not claimed as a solution, but rather as an exploration of critical problems and an opening into the means of engaging with them.

Item Details

Item Type:Authored Research Book
Keywords:war; peace; theatre;event theory; kant; war; conflict
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:Philosophy
Research Field:Social and political philosophy
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:International relations
Objective Field:Peace and conflict
UTAS Author:Fry, T (Professor Anthony Fry)
ID Code:152962
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Architecture and Design
Deposited On:2022-08-29
Last Modified:2022-10-17

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