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
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 1st June 2014