Under the Drones: Modern Lives in the Afghanistan-Pakistan Borderlands

Under the Drones: Modern Lives in the Afghanistan-Pakistan Borderlands

Fariba Nawa, Faisal Devji, Shahzad Bashir, Robert D. Crews, Amin Tarzi, Gilles Dorronsoro, Sana Haroon, James Caron, Shah Mahmou


In the West, media insurance of Afghanistan and Pakistan is framed by means of army and political issues, leading to a simplistic photograph of ageless barbarity, terrorist secure havens, and peoples short of both punishment or salvation. Under the Drones appears past this proscribing view to enquire actual humans at the flooring, and to research the political, social, and fiscal forces that form their lives. knowing the complexity of lifestyles alongside the 1,600-mile border among Afghanistan and Pakistan may also help the US and its ecu allies realign their priorities within the area to deal with real difficulties, instead of fabricated ones.

This quantity explodes Western misunderstandings by way of revealing a land that abounds with human company, perpetual innovation, and colourful complexity. during the paintings of historians and social scientists, the 13 essays right here discover the genuine and imagined presence of the Taliban; the lively sociopolitical identities expressed via traditions like Pakistani truck ornament; Sufism’s ambivalent place as a substitute to militancy; the lengthy and contradictory background of Afghan media; and the simultaneous brutality and power that heroin brings to ladies within the zone.

relocating earlier transferring conceptions of protection, the authors disclose the West’s triumphing viewpoint at the sector as strategic, detailed, and alarmingly dehumanizing. Under the Drones is a necessary antidote to modern media insurance and armed forces concerns.

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