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Abu Ghraib as a Sex Scandal: The Sexual and Visual Politics of Neoliberalism
by Riedel, Lindsay, M.A., The George Washington University, 2012, 68; 1506706
Abstract (Summary)

My analysis is focused on the visual and sexual politics of the media coverage and public response to the military sex scandal commonly referred to as Abu Ghraib within a neoliberal context. The purpose of this project is to address a gap in current academic scholarship regarding the sexual and visual politics of neoliberalism. With an emphasis on the role of the state in the regulation and policing of public discourses of sexuality, I apply an analysis of the production and consumption of sex scandals in the United States to interrogate the relationship between sexual and visual politics of neoliberalism. Specifically, I analyze the ways in which desire, taboo and fantasy are policed in media coverage and public reaction to the Abu Ghraib military sex scandal in an effort to understand how sex scandals function in a public culture of sex. My research is guided by an interest in public culture of sex that is produced by discourses of sexuality that create knowledges of sex, especially the ways in which it is policed by neoliberal politics.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Nash, Jennifer C., Riedner, Rachel
School: The George Washington University
Department: Public Policy and Public Administration
School Location: United States -- District of Columbia
Source: MAI 50/04M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Womens studies, Mass communications
Keywords: Abu Ghraib, Iraq, Moralism, Neoliberalism, Sex scandals, Sexual politics, Visual politics
Publication Number: 1506706
ISBN: 978-1-267-19686-6
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