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Gendering military sacrifice: A feminist comparative analysis
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies, Gender Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4825-6390
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0497-063X
2019 (English)Collection (editor) (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

What does military sacrifice mean in today’s globalised world? For what ethical principles and beliefs are citizens prepared to die and to sacrifice their loved ones? In present-day security discourses emphasising human rights and an international responsibility to protect, traditional masculinised obligations to die for the homeland and its women and children are challenged and renegotiated. Working from a critical feminist perspective, the authors examine the political and societal justifications for sacrifice in wars motivated by post-national and humanitarian values. This volume provides original empirical research from six European countries, demonstrating how gendered and nationalistic representations saturate contemporary notions of sacrifice and legitimate military violence. A key argument is that a gender perspective is necessary in order to understand, and to oppose, the idea of the honourable military death.

Bringing together a wide range of materials – including public debates, rituals, monuments and artwork – to analyse the justifications for soldiers’ deaths in the Afghanistan war (2001–2014), the analysis challenges methodological nationalism. The authors develop a feminist comparative methodology and engage in cross-country and transdisciplinary analysis. This innovative approach generates new understandings of the ways in which both the idealisation and political contestation of military violence depend on gendered national narratives.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Abingdon: Routledge, 2019. , p. 206
Series
Routledge Studies in Gender and Security
Keywords [en]
sacrifice, military, gender, feminist theory, politics, ISAF, Afghanistan war, Sweden, Denmark, Estonia, UK, Italy, Germany
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Political Science
Research subject
Political Science; Gender Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-166840ISBN: 978-1-138-32985-0 (print)ISBN: 978-0-429-44810-2 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-166840DiVA, id: diva2:1294222
Projects
The politics of loss in contemporary Europe
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Swedish Research CouncilAvailable from: 2019-03-06 Created: 2019-03-06 Last updated: 2019-03-07Bibliographically approved

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