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Auto-ethnography and the Study of Affect and Emotion in World Politics: Investigating Security Discourses at London’s Imperial War Museum

  • Audrey Reeves
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in International Relations book series (PSIR)

Abstract

At the Imperial War Museum in London, UK citizens and international tourists immerse themselves into stories of ‘Britain at war’ through interactive exhibits, themed cafes, and gift shops that engage them affectively: they stimulate the senses, choreograph bodily movement, and stir the soul. Auto-ethnography at the museum involves the tracing of one’s sensory interactions, movements, and consumption within this space. Embedded in a discourse analysis that also includes curators’ reports and visitors’ online reviews, auto-ethnography reveals the crafted character of visitors’ experiences of war. It documents how the museum engineers affect and, in so doing, promotes the idea that the UK wages ‘just wars’, thus reinforcing international support for its current and future interventions abroad.

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  • Audrey Reeves
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  1. 1.Cardiff UniversityCardiffUK

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