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Imaginer la possibilité de la guerre nucléaire pour y faire face. Le rôle de la culture populaire visuelle de 1950 à nos jours

Abstract : How can citizens relate to the possibility of nuclear war, so as to confront it politically? In order to answer this novel question, this essay builds on the scholarship on visual popular culture and makes three arguments. First, it reasserts the central role of imagination and fiction in seizing the possibility of nuclear war. Second, it identifies four aesthetic gestures which make this possibility imaginable. Third, through a detailed analysis of nuclear weapons in visual popular culture globally from 1951 to 2019 and tracing those aesthetic gestures, it requalifies the post-1990 period in contrast to the previous four decades as a time of production of an imaginary in which the possibility of nuclear war became invisible and nuclear weapons minimally harmful or salutary. It is based on untapped empirical material: interviews with nuclear war planners, disarmament activists, artists, and educators about nuclear dangers in France, the UK and the United States as well as a novel survey about the nuclear imaginaries and memories of a representative sample of residents in European countries which either possess nuclear weapons or host US nuclear weapons on their soil.
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Benoît Pelopidas. Imaginer la possibilité de la guerre nucléaire pour y faire face. Le rôle de la culture populaire visuelle de 1950 à nos jours. Cultures et conflits, 2021, n° 123-124, pp.173-212. ⟨10.4000/conflits.22798⟩. ⟨hal-03384104⟩

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