chapter  18
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Visual analysis


This chapter examines the visual politics of security. In particular the chapter offers a preliminary introduction to aesthetic readings of the visual. It does so, fi rst by establishing the roots of interpretive analysis within International Relations (IR) theory touching on the work of Hans-Georg Gadamer and Paul Ricoeur, before using a range of examples to demonstrate the interface between qualitative theories and contemporary methodologies. The fi nal part of the chapter explores the limitations of ‘aesthetically informed’ accounts of IR, while also demonstrating more generally how interpretive methods can be brought to bear on visual accounts of security.