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Sport-War Cartoon Art.

Rinehart, R.E. and Caudwell, J., 2018. Sport-War Cartoon Art. Media, War and Conflict, 11 (2), 223-243.

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DOI: 10.1177/1750635217696435


In this paper, we explore the extent to which political cartoons and comic strips (as mediated public and political visual art, the ninth art (cf., Groensteen, 2007[1999])) subvert/confirm institutional values of so-called Western democracies during times of war. Our concern — as sociologists of sport — is with the ways dominant sporting sensibilities are (re)presented in cartoon art, and how sport itself is conflated with patriotic ideologies of war as a vehicle for propaganda. In particular, we interrogate how competitive-sporting ideals are aligned with war and conflict, and mobilised by cartoons during periods of Western-asserted conflict. We are intrigued by how some cartoon illustrations have the visual power to misplace, simplify, and essentialise — via sporting analogy — the intense and complex emotions surrounding war. Our aim is to examine how the visual within popular culture is used to dis-connect and disengage a public with the realities of war and human conflict.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:cartoons; comics; conflict; cultural capital; political cartoons; sport, war
Group:Bournemouth University Business School
ID Code:26787
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:02 Feb 2017 10:43
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:02


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