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The Frontier WithinEssays by Abe Kōbō$
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Kōbō Abe

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231163866

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231163866.001.0001

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The Military Look

The Military Look

(p.102) The Military Look
The Frontier Within

Abe Kōbō

Richard F. Calichman

Columbia University Press

The essay in this chapter explores the relation between military uniforms and fascism by comparing the uniforms of the Nazis with the fatigues-style uniform worn by the U.S. military. The Text begins by discussing the inverse proportionality between the evolution of contemporary uniforms and their aesthetic perfection. In particular, it notes how the military, fundamentally the backbone of state power, makes use of the military uniform's aesthetics to make a zealous display of its power. In the case of military uniforms, what is now sought is a truly prosaic style that goes hand in hand with the hypocrisy of the modern state. The text argues that American fatigues are very shrewdly designed in terms of smuggling in the everyday sensibility of Americans under the name of functionalism.

Keywords:   military uniforms, fascism, Nazis, U.S. military, state power, aesthetics, hypocrisy, state, fatigues, functionalism

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