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Constitutive Performances: Human Rights in a Militarized Culture
ByWendy S. Hesford

A Virtual Experience of Solitary Confinement is part of a human rights mediascape and solidarity activism that increasingly turns to immersive video and co-presence technologies to create a sense of shared space and presence and to bridge geographical and temporal barriers. Contributors to Performance in a Militarized Culture likewise critically engage the ethical and political ambiguities of human rights representation and witnessing. Performance in a Militarized Culture powerfully illuminates the expansion of militarized state power through the manipulation of geographical boundaries, restrictions of mobility, and legal classifications, such as that of refugee, as well as through the management of representations of violence, captivity, and resistance. The chapter draws attention to the spatial rhetorics of dispossession and state power, namely racialized state violence, and to constitutive performances of human rights and humanitarianism in militarized cultures.