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Imperial Laughs: A Soldier's Song, the Occupation of Iraq, and the American Way of Life

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This paper critically engages the politics and contested discourses surrounding a song – “Hadji Girl” – written by a male U.S. Marine Corporal while on combat deployment in Iraq. The song depicts a male U.S. soldier’s enamored encounter with an attractive Iraqi girl, the soldier’s use of his Iraqi love interest's sister as a human shield during a murderous battle with the girl’s brother and father, and the soldier laughing “maniacally” at the resultant Iraqi corpses. Specifically, this paper critically discusses the lyrics of “Hadji Girl”, a leaked online video of a live performance of the song for U.S. soldiers by the lyricist soldier, and the various public reactions (or not) elicited by the song. I suggest the song challenges the myths of American innocence and philanthropic humanitarianism by illuminating a counter-reality of U.S. empire, namely, its homicidal practices and always racialized and gendered subjugation of “nonwhite” bodies that have been deemed disposable, killable. Therefore, this paper is ultimately concerned with the intimate intertwining of state homicide and the “American way of life.” My arguments are formed through engagements with critical and cultural criminology, readings on race, gender, and state violence, and cultural and social theory.
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Wall, Tyler. "Imperial Laughs: A Soldier's Song, the Occupation of Iraq, and the American Way of Life" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, PA, Nov 03, 2009 <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p372937_index.html>

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Wall, T. , 2009-11-03 "Imperial Laughs: A Soldier's Song, the Occupation of Iraq, and the American Way of Life" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, PA <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p372937_index.html

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Abstract: This paper critically engages the politics and contested discourses surrounding a song – “Hadji Girl” – written by a male U.S. Marine Corporal while on combat deployment in Iraq. The song depicts a male U.S. soldier’s enamored encounter with an attractive Iraqi girl, the soldier’s use of his Iraqi love interest's sister as a human shield during a murderous battle with the girl’s brother and father, and the soldier laughing “maniacally” at the resultant Iraqi corpses. Specifically, this paper critically discusses the lyrics of “Hadji Girl”, a leaked online video of a live performance of the song for U.S. soldiers by the lyricist soldier, and the various public reactions (or not) elicited by the song. I suggest the song challenges the myths of American innocence and philanthropic humanitarianism by illuminating a counter-reality of U.S. empire, namely, its homicidal practices and always racialized and gendered subjugation of “nonwhite” bodies that have been deemed disposable, killable. Therefore, this paper is ultimately concerned with the intimate intertwining of state homicide and the “American way of life.” My arguments are formed through engagements with critical and cultural criminology, readings on race, gender, and state violence, and cultural and social theory.


Similar Titles:
“Those About To Die Salute You”: Sacrifice, The War In Iraq And The Crisis Of The American Imperial Society.

“Why doesn’t anybody give a shit?”: Iraq, the Home Front and the ‘crisis’ of the American imperial Society.”

Building A Neo-Liberal State; Investigating the Legacy of the American Occupation of Iraq


 
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