Museum as geopolitical entity: Toward soft combat

Jacob C. Miller*, Sharon Wilson

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Many scholars have examined the museum as a site of politics. This paper reviews recent research on museums and puts forward “soft combat” as a device for understanding how museums operate as geopolitical entities today. Soft combat includes (a) enrolling the visitor in affective atmospheres, (b) engaging with violence and trauma, and (c) embodied persuasion. We examine a military museum in the U.S.A to substantiate soft combat as a kind of biopolitics.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere12623
Number of pages13
JournalGeography Compass
Issue number6
Early online date6 May 2022
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2022

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