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Young men's violence and spaces of addiction: opening up the locker room

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Abstract:

With this essay, I take to task the relations between young men, addiction and spaces of violence with a particular focus on combat zones. Geographic theories of affect help elaborate the complex relations between young men's emotions, their addictive propensities and how that benefits the governance unities that create war machines. Deleuze's notion of the fold complicates those benefits by suggesting why some young men no longer fit the so-called normalcy of life back home and why they desire, rather, a continuous return to spaces of violence. My arguments are focused by Sebastian Junger's War (2010) and Restrepo (2010), Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker (2009), which present, in different ways, the potency of combat. The work focuses on difference and identity and, by so doing, suggests ways that affect can have political valence.

Keywords: addiction; adicción; afecto; affect; dépendance; guerra; guerre; masculinidad; masculinities; masculinités; violence; violencia; war

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/14649365.2012.655767

Affiliations: Department of Geography,San Diego State University, San Diego,CA,92182, USA

Publication date: 2012-03-01

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