African American and diasporic discussions of war reveal how authoritative white, Western theorists have oversimplified the important role of “difference” in theorizing war, whether we are thinking of war as a practice or as a metaphor for social relations. A racially and historically inflected exploration of such complications is critical to a robust consideration of the myriad meanings war has accrued within an African American and black diasporic framework.

This essay may be found on page 216 of the printed volume.

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