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Gendered Grief: Mourners' Politicisation of Military Death
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)In: Gendering Military Sacrifice: A Feminist Comparative Analysis / [ed] Cecilia Åse, Maria Wendt, Abingdon: Routledge, 2019, p. 145-176Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter investigates how the relatives of the European soldiers who died in the Afghanistan war (2001–2014), particularly mothers, organised and acted publicly and politically. What is the potential for personal grief to contest political and justificatory war narratives? Feminist scholarship on the relationship between gender, war grief, and politics provides the theoretical framework. Using cross-country comparison as a feminist method of denaturalisation, the chapter discusses gendered grief in the six European countries, with a specific focus on Italy, Sweden and the UK. The comparative analysis identifies general patterns and pinpoints the national differences that had a key influence on the politicisation of war grief. A “politico-emotional war contract” is put forward as a key component both opening up space for and stifling bereaved relatives’ political agency. The chapter discusses how relatives made use of gender representations to challenge established war narratives, but also shows how women’s grief was silenced or appropriated and used to sanction and beautify military violence. An important result concerns how different national contexts condition the possibilities for women’s agency as grieving mothers and wives.

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Abingdon: Routledge, 2019. p. 145-176
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Routledge Studies in Gender and Security
Keywords [en]
gender, feminist theory, grief, war, Afghanistan, ISAF, Italy, UK, Sweden
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Political Science
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Political Science; Gender Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-166890ISBN: 978-1-138-32985-0 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-166890DiVA, id: diva2:1294234
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The politics of military loss in contemporary EuropeAvailable from: 2019-03-06 Created: 2019-03-06 Last updated: 2019-03-07Bibliographically approved

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