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Conclusion: The Gendered Politics of Contemporary Military Sacrifice
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. 177-197Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Combining the results of the feminist comparative cross-country analyses presented in this book, this concluding chapter underlines the shared features as well as the national differences in European nations’ efforts to give meaning to the military losses during the Afghanistan war (2001–2014). Humanitarian justifications could motivate dispatching soldiers to Afghanistan, but were inadequate when the countries faced military fatalities. The establishment of national history and time, the renegotiation of relations between home and away, and the family trope rendered the war deaths meaningful and affected possibilities to critically discuss the war mission. An important argument is that potential for dissent vis-à-vis military violence depended on gendered national narratives. Discussing Feminist International Relations, the chapter addresses gendered protector/protected renegotiations, and spells out the gender consequences of the linkage between state sovereignty and military sacrifice. In closing, the chapter proposes the denaturalisation and politicisation of gender–nation constructions as essential to advancing war-critical narratives and effective anti-militarist strategies.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Abingdon: Routledge, 2019. p. 177-197
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Routledge Studies in Gender and Security
Keywords [en]
gender, nationalism, feminist theory, comparative politics, war, sacrifice, military loss, Afghanistan, ISAF, Italy, UK, Sweden, Estonia, Germany
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Political Science
Research subject
Political Science; Gender Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-166892ISBN: 978-1-138-32985-0 (print)ISBN: 978-0-429-44810-2 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-166892DiVA, id: diva2:1294238
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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