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Why war - Still? Albert meets Sigmund in the ultimate match-up

Miller, T. (2016) Why war - Still? Albert meets Sigmund in the ultimate match-up. In: von der Lippe, B. and Ottosen, R., (eds.) Gendering War and Peace Reporting. Nordicom, pp. 245-257.


After reviewing various theories of why wars occur, notably feminist, postcolonial and political-economic perspectives, this chapter takes a moment from long ago as its touch- stone: a venerable debate about why war happens. It took place in correspondence 85 years ago between two founders of masculinist modernity: Albert Einstein and Sigmund Freud. Their debate offers us some clues about how technocracy and masculinity meet in metaphorical trenches, and what journalism should do to cover that encounter.

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