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Beyond Combat : Women and Gender in the Vietnam War Era - Heather Marie Stur

Beyond Combat

Women and Gender in the Vietnam War Era

Paperback Published: 24th October 2011
ISBN: 9780521127417
Number Of Pages: 263

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Beyond Combat investigates how the Vietnam War both reinforced and challenged the gender roles that were key components of American Cold War ideology. While popular memory of the Vietnam War centers on the combat moment, refocusing attention onto women and gender paints a more complex and accurate picture of the war's far-reaching impact beyond the battlefields. Encounters between Americans and Vietnamese were shaped by a cluster of intertwined images used to make sense of and justify American intervention and use of force in Vietnam. These images included the girl next door, a wholesome reminder of why the United States was committed to defeating Communism; the treacherous and mysterious dragon lady, who served as a metaphor for Vietnamese women and South Vietnam; the John Wayne figure, entrusted with the duty of protecting civilization from savagery; and the gentle warrior, whose humanitarian efforts were intended to win the favor of the South Vietnamese. Heather Stur also examines the ways in which ideas about masculinity shaped the American GI experience in Vietnam and, ultimately, how some American men and women returned from Vietnam to challenge homefront gender norms."

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'Heather Stur provides us with a rangy and insightful exploration of how the Vietnam War reconstituted the political culture of gender in ways that were transformational and retrograde, life-affirming and violent, liberating and dehumanizing.' Christian G. Appy, author of Patriots: The Vietnam War Remembered from All Sides
'In an insightful examination of everything from the miniskirt to army rifle manuals, Beyond Combat reveals the ways gender and sexuality framed Americans' perceptions and experiences of the Vietnam War. This important work challenges what we think not only of the Vietnam War, but also of war-making and foreign policy more broadly.' Kara Dixon Vuic, author of Officer, Nurse, Woman: The Army Nurse Corps in the Vietnam War
"Heather Stur provides us with a rangy and insightful exploration of how the Vietnam War reconstituted the political culture of gender in ways that were transformational and retrograde, life-affirming and violent, liberating and dehumanizing." - Christian G. Appy, author of Patriots: The Vietnam War Remembered from All Sides
"In an insightful examination of everything from the miniskirt to army rifle manuals, Beyond Combat reveals the ways gender and sexuality framed Americans' perceptions and experiences of the Vietnam War. This important work challenges what we think not only of the Vietnam War, but also of war-making and foreign policy more broadly." - Kara Dixon Vuic, author of Officer, Nurse, Woman: The Army Nurse Corps in the Vietnam War
"The Vietnam War era remains a fascinating moment in our history. Historians and veterans continue to explore gaps in experiences and policies. The book contains an excellent reference list and a comprehensive list of important archives. I hope that the interviews Stur conducted will be available to future writers and interested listeners." -Elizabeth Norman, H-War
"An excellent contribution to understanding the Vietnam War. Highly recommended." -Choice
"...contains an excellent reference list and a comprehensive list of important archives. I hope that the interviews Stur conducted will be available to future writers and interested listeners." -Margaret Sankey, H-War

Vietnamese Women in the American Mind: Gender, Race, and the Vietnam Warp. 17
"She Could Be the Girl Next Door": The Red Cross SRAO in Vietnamp. 64
"We Weren't Called Soldiers, We Were Called Ladies": WACs and Nurses in Vietnamp. 105
Gender and America's "Faces of Domination" in Vietnamp. 142
Liberating Men and Women: Antiwar GIs Speak Out against the Warrior Mythp. 183
Conclusion: "You've Come a Long Way … Maybe": Gender after Vietnamp. 215
Bibliographyp. 243
Indexp. 259
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ISBN: 9780521127417
ISBN-10: 0521127416
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 263
Published: 24th October 2011
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1

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