How are militarism and militarisation embodied and why is it important to study these concepts together? This volume highlights a lack of research into people’s emotions, bodies and experiences in global politics, and brings these important dimensions to bear on how we study militarism and process of militarisation.
This collection showcases innovative research that examines people’s everyday lived experience and the multiple ways militarism is enshrined in our societies. Emphasising the benefits of interdisciplinary thinking, its chapters interrogate a range of methodological, ethical, and theoretical questions related to embodiment and militarism from a range of empirical contexts. Authors from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds reveal the myriad of ways in which militarism is experienced by gendered, raced, aged, and sexed bodies. The volume covers a wide range of topics, including the impact of social media; gender, queer, and feminist research on the military; the challenges of writing about embodied experience; and the commercialisation of military fitness in civilian life.
This book fills a gap in the study of militarism and militarisation and will be of interest to students and scholars of critical military studies, security studies, and war studies. It was originally published as a special issue of the journal Critical Military Studies.
1. Introduction: Embodying militarism: exploring the spaces and bodies in-between Synne L. Dyvik and Lauren Greenwood Part I: Research articles 2. Blurred lines: intimacy, mobility, and the social military Peter Adey, David Denney, Rikke Jensen and Alasdair Pinkerton 3. "You do not live in my skin": embodiment, voice, and the veteran Sarah Bulmer and David Jackson 4. Sexy warriors: the politics and pleasures of submission to the state Jesse Paul Crane-Seeber 5. Of bats and bodies: methods for reading and writing embodiment Synne L. Dyvik 6. Researching from the spaces in between? The politics of accountability in studying the British military Harriet Gray 7. Chameleon masculinity: developing the British ‘population-centred’ soldier Lauren Greenwood 8. Doing military fitness: physical culture, civilian leisure, and militarism Kevin McSorley Part II: Encounters 9. Writing about embodiment as an act of translation Catherine Baker 10. Somatic soldier: embodiment and the aesthetic of absence and presence Torika Bolatagici 11. Sounds of silence: reflections on songwriting and international relations Susanna Hast 12. Diary of a plastic soldier (extracts) Pip Thornton