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ERIC Number: EJ1098078
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-May
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1478-2103
The Materiality of Virtual War: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and the Disabling Effects of Imperialism
Jaffee, Laura Jordan
Policy Futures in Education, v14 n4 p484-496 May 2016
A slew of recent news coverage has reported favorably on the use of virtual reality video games as a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Drawing on critical disability studies work, this paper argues that such depictions (re)produce a depoliticized framework for understanding PTSD that champions medico-technological interventions and hinders broader social and political activism by taking for granted and normalizing conditions of perpetual war. Through an analysis of medical research and media portrayals extolling such technologies, this paper unravels the contradictory logic in these celebratory depictions to condemn imperialism, problematize the use of virtual reality for PTSD treatment, and ultimately call for anti-imperialist disability studies scholarship and disability activism.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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