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The Entangled Soldier: On the Messiness of War/Law/Morality

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This chapter anthropologically investigates civil-military relations implicated in entanglements of war, law and morality. Based on ethnographic fieldwork with Danish combat troops in Helmand, I illuminate two entangled processes: the violence-discouraging civilianization of the Western way of war and the violence-encouraging warriorization of the Danish way of soldiering. Ethnographically, I explore how Danish troops struggle to warriorize their way of soldiering in an attempt at escaping entrapments of the civilianized war. I argue that the soldiers are driven by a quest for warriorhood, contesting the restrained use of lawful military violence, let alone the moral sensibilities about Danish war kills. I show the troops turn violent as an ethical response to moral breakdowns in their pursuits of becoming hawkish warriors.
TitelCivil-military Entanglements : Anthropological Perspectives
RedaktørerBirgitte Refslund Sørensen, Eyal Ben-Ari
ForlagBerghahn Books
ISBN (Trykt)978-1-78920-195-6
ISBN (Elektronisk)978-1-78920-196-3
StatusUdgivet - 2019



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