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Volume 71, issue 1
Geogr. Helv., 71, 1–6, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/gh-71-1-2016
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Special issue: Power and space in the drone age

Geogr. Helv., 71, 1–6, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/gh-71-1-2016
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the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

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Rhetorics of possibility and inevitability in commercial drone tradescapes

A. H. Jackman
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This paper explores the commercial or civilian drone. In so doing, it focuses on the way in which the drone is rhetorically framed at trade shows. Drawing upon fieldwork experience at a number of industry and advocacy "expo" gatherings, the paper critically unpacks two dominant framings of the drone, namely those of possibility and inevitability. This paper thus responds to calls for further exploration of the non-military drone and to aspects of its "life course" prior to its "functioning".
This paper explores the commercial or civilian drone. In so doing, it focuses on the way in...
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