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Weary Warriors : Power, Knowledge, and the Invisible Wounds of Soldiers - Pamela Moss

Weary Warriors

Power, Knowledge, and the Invisible Wounds of Soldiers

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Published: 1st June 2014
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As seen in military documents, medical journals, novels, films, television shows, and memoirs, soldiers' invisible wounds are not innate cracks in individual psyches that break under the stress of war. Instead, the generation of weary warriors is caught up in wider social and political networks and institutions-families, activist groups, government bureaucracies, welfare state programs-mediated through a military hierarchy, psychiatry rooted in mind-body sciences, and various cultural constructs of masculinity. This book offers a history of military psychiatry from the American Civil War to the latest Afghanistan conflict. The authors trace the effects of power and knowledge in relation to the emotional and psychological trauma that shapes soldiers' bodies, minds, and souls, developing an extensive account of the emergence, diagnosis, and treatment of soldiers' invisible wounds.

"This is a solid piece of scholarship. The authors successfully apply key concepts from Foucault, along with those of his feminist critics, to the analysis of soldiers returning from war. In so doing, they deepen our understanding of how weary warriors are constructed through time and space, and what his/her diagnosis, treatment, and release says about wider relations of power in, between, and across the state, the military, psychiatry, and the body itself." * Carolyn Gallaher, American University "The authors provide a fascinating and well documented argument, drawing on a sophisticated analysis of theory and research on embodiment, the regulation of subjectivity, and the construction of psychiatric illness. They bring the experience of military distress to life through quotations, and through analysis of memoir and personal resistance. They also provide an important historical perspective to the construction and experience of distress following military engagement." * Jane M Ussher, University of Western Sydney

List of Tables Preface Acknowledgments Introduction: Weary Warriors Walk Among Us: Combat, Knowledge Circulation, and Naming Traumatized Soldiers Chapter 1. Ravished Minds and Ill Bodies: Power, Embodiment, Dispositifs Chapter 2. Unsettling Notions: War Neuroses, Soldiering, and Broken Embodiments Chapter 3. Classifying Bodies through Diagnosis: Knowledges, Locations, and Categorical Enclosures Chapter 4. Managing Illness through Power: Regulation, Resistance and Truth Games Chapter 5. Cultural Accounts of the Soldier as Subject: Folds, Disclosures and Enactments Chapter 6. Fixing Soldiers: The Treatment of Bodies, Minds, and Souls Chapter 7. The Soldier in Context: Psychiatric Practices, Military Imperatives, and Masculine Ideals Chapter 8. Soldiering On: Care of Self, Status Passages, and Citizenship Claims Chapter 9. Military Bodies and Battles Multiple: Embodied Trauma, Ontological Politics, and Patchwork Warriors References Index

ISBN: 9781782383468
ISBN-10: 1782383468
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 1st June 2014