Media: New Publication Routledge 2017 Book Cover London, UK

Gopal cover art Kyle Grayson Routledge 2017Hi Folks. Yes it's been a quiet year for me artistically, but I was so pleased when Dr Kyle Grayson asked if Routledge London could use my painting There is Nothing Like a Drone (2011) for his new book on targeted killing.  Kyle Grayson is a Senior Lecturer in International Politics at Newcastle University, UK. His research interests are in the areas of political violence, security, culture, identity, and critical social theory.  

A note from the author Dr Kyle Grayson (updated December 2017)

"Carl's art is profoundly unique, using mixed methods and materials to create arresting images that captivate viewers. Dream-like in their presentation, and often focusing on representing the familiar in unfamiliar ways, his paintings capture moods through Carl's use of colour, symbolism, and light. I was very excited to be able to feature his 2011 painting 'There is Nothing Like a Drone' on the front cover of my recent book 'The Cultural Politics of Targeted Killing'.

Feedback I have received about the cover has been excellent and the image has helped to distinguish the book from others. Carl's art work thus not only provided a memorable image that captured the essence of the book but it also contributed to giving it a distinctive identity. People continue to comment about the painting and ask me about its provenance. Such ongoing interest is a testament to Carl's talents as an artist."


 

Introduction Excerpt

The deployment of remotely piloted air platforms (RPAs) – or drones – has become a defining feature of contemporary counter-insurgency operations. Scholarly analysis and public debate has primarily focused on two issues: the legality of targeted killing and whether the practice is effective at disrupting insurgency networks, and the intensive media and activist scrutiny of the policy processes through which targeted killing decisions have been made. While contributing to these ongoing discussions, this book aims to determine how targeted killing has become possible in contemporary counter-insurgency operations undertaken by liberal regimes.

Demonstrating how the current social relations prevalent in liberal societies contain the potential for targeted killing as a normal rather than extraordinary practice, the book will be of great use to academic specialists and graduate students in international studies, geography, sociology, cultural studies and legal studies.

 
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