Sex and Death in the Rational World of Defense Intellectuals


Cohn, Carol. 1987. "Sex and Death in the Rational World of Defense Intellectuals." Signs 12 (4): 687-718.

Author: Carol Cohn


This paper is the beginning of an analysis of the nature of nuclear strategic thinking; its emphasis is on the role of a specialized language that I call "technostrategic." I have come to believe that this language both reflects and shapes the nature of the American nuclear strategic project; that it plays a central role in allowing defense intellectuals to think and act as they do; and that all of us who are concerned about nuclear weaponry and nuclear war must give careful attention to the role of language we and others choose to use -- who it allows us to communicate with, and what it allows us to think as well as say. (Abstract from Author)

Topics: Gender, Weapons /Arms Regions: Americas, North America Countries: United States of America

Year: 1987

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