Schmitt’s Telluric Partisan in American Entertainment Media : Fantasies of Resistance and Territorial Defense
AbstractThis article explores the political significance of the narratives of partisan warfare that appear in American popular culture. I draw on Carl Schmitt’s concept of the ‘telluric partisan’ – a figure that fights outside the normative boundaries of conventional war in defense of a homeland and the traditional identities that are rooted in it. These fantasies provide a sense of moral clarity, promote national unity, characterize enemy aggression, and glorify traditional values. They establish a readymade narrative that can be invoked to frame conflicts in terms of the heroic defense of an innocent and victimized people protecting themselves against foreigners and their dangerous ideologies. As I show, this call for popular engagement in war generally serves a conservative project of directing potentially revolutionary expressions of populism and vigilante justice into defense of family and the territorial status quo.
Schulzke, Marcus Brady orcid.org/0000-0002-5998-138X <http://orcid.org/0000-0002-5998-138X> (2017) Schmitt’s Telluric Partisan in American Entertainment Media : Fantasies of Resistance and Territorial Defense. Millennium: Journal of International Studies. ISSN 0305-8298 (In Press)