This issue explores the ways, means, and co-constitution of military infrastructures, labor, strategies of violence, and capital’s emergence and ever-expanding need for growth.
Violent Entanglements: Militarism and Capitalism
The editors introduce the issue by examining the grassroots struggles against U.S. military expansion in Pyeongtaek, South Korea. Javier Puente unpacks military rhetoric in Peru as the military and rural indios struggle for land and labor autonomy.
Jeong Min Kim reconstructs black-market, transactional sex during the Korean War. Patrick Chung uses the Hanjin Corporation’s rise in wartime to historicize military outsourcing in the Vietnam War. Betsy A. Beasley links resource extraction and war economies using the lens of Donald Rumsfeld’s “strange career” as first critic and then champion of Halliburton Corporation.
Kalamaoka’aina Niheu reflects on past struggles of Kanaka Maoli as a guide for present-day efforts to demilitarize and decolonize Hawai’i and other native lands.
Davorn Sisavath reads bomb shell casings—the waste of Laos’s so-called secret war—as an archive otherwise obscured by the redactions and removal notices of the traditional archive.
Teaching Radical History
Eric Covey examines pedagogical approaches to conjunctures of militarism and capitalism that shape the histories of Africa and the United States.
Jennifer Kelly reviews new transnational feminist scholarship on our attachments to and investments in projects of state violence, while Jorge Ramirez places in hemispheric dialogue recent studies of indigenous peoples’ subjection and resistance to state violence.
Joseph DeLappe showcases his work on how publics engage the violence of US militarism.