Bowling for Baghdad: The Interstices of Control, Violence, and Democracy

Rick A. Matthews, Carthage College
David Kauzlarich, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville
Ronald C. Kramer, Western Michigan University

ABSTRACT
The documentary "Bowling for Columbine" highlights many of the social and structural factors that contribute to the high rates of homicide in the United States. While much of Moore's analysis is concerned with individual level processes influencing the decision to commit violent acts, we contend that similarly identifiable processes are at work in the recent drive by the Bush administration to wage war against Iraq, As such, we explore the contours of these hegemonic state policies that run contrary to normative and/or legal social controls like international law and more abstract Enlightenment principles such as democracy, justice, and equality.

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