A Thrilling Day Out: Air Shows and Military Spectacle

Pippa Oldfield, Melanie Friend, Hilary Roberts

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


This chapter discusses the photographic project The Home Front by Melanie Friend. The Home Front offers no easy answers to the dilemma of the militarisation of culture in Britain (or indeed, in other nations), a theme that is bound up in emotional and subjective notions of patriotism and heroism. Yet Friend’s photographs encourage us to move beyond the appeal of military spectacle to begin to detect the politics at work, and to consider how we are collectively recruited to – or actively collude in – the ethos of militarism. The value of her images is not in solving the dilemma, but in making visible those embedded and pervasive cultures of militarisation, laying them bare for debate and discussion, so that we may be cognizant of our complicity.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Home Front
PublisherDewi Lewis Publishing
ISBN (Print)9781907893414
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2013


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