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The Politics of War Rituals: Military Sacrifice and Gendered Meaning-making
Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Statsvetenskapliga institutionen.ORCID-id: 0000-0003-0497-063X
2019 (Engelska)Ingår i: Gendering Military Sacrifice: A Feminist Analysis / [ed] Cecilia Åse, Maria Wendt, Abingdon: Routledge, 2019, s. 41-67Kapitel i bok, del av antologi (Refereegranskat)
Abstract [en]

This chapter investigates the new official war rituals that were instigated in order to address European soldiers’ deaths during the ISAF mission in Afghanistan. How did ritualised practices and objects – such as ceremonies, medals, and Veterans’ Days – help to render the war mission meaningful and legitimate? Combining Feminist International Relations theory with scholarly work that addresses the politics of rituals, the chapter analyses which norms and ideals are called upon by these rituals, how hierarchies of values are produced and how national identities and gendered norms are (re)constituted. Using cross-country comparison as a feminist method of denaturalisation, rituals in the UK, Denmark, and Sweden are specifically investigated. The elevation and sacralisation of violence stands out as a common theme, while notions of history, family, and masculinity are expressed in more nationally specific terms. Finally, the chapter discusses how the new war rituals have affected possibilities for political discussions of issues of international war missions in the countries examined.

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Abingdon: Routledge, 2019. s. 41-67
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Routledge Studies in Gender and Security
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war, sacrifice, death, gender, feminist theory, rituals, ISAF, Afghanistan war, Sweden, Denmark, UK
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-166889ISBN: 978-1-138-32985-0 (tryckt)ISBN: 978-0-429-44810-2 (digital)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-166889DiVA, id: diva2:1294231
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The politics of loss in contemporary Europe
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VetenskapsrådetTillgänglig från: 2019-03-06 Skapad: 2019-03-06 Senast uppdaterad: 2019-03-07Bibliografiskt granskad

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