By Janice Bially Mattern

How do states maintain overseas order in the course of crises? Drawing at the political philosophy of Lyotard and during an empirical exam of the Anglo-American foreign order in the course of the 1956 Suez predicament, Bially Mattern demonstrates that states can (and do) use representational force--a forceful yet non-physical type of energy exercised via language--to stabilize foreign id and in flip overseas order.

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