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The Politics of Readjustment : Vietnam Veterans since the War - Wilbur Scott

The Politics of Readjustment

Vietnam Veterans since the War

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Published: 31st December 1993
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Veterans of all wars face a demanding task in readjusting to civilian life. Vietnam veterans have borne an additional burden, having returned from a controversial war that ended in defeat for the United States and South Vietnam. To address this situation, leaders among the Vietnam veterans and their allies formed organizations of their own to articulate their problems and extract concessions from a reluctant Congress, Federal agencies, and courts.

Scott, a former infantry platoon leader in Vietnam, describes the major social movements among his fellow veterans during the period of 196 to 1990 in a lively narrative, combining personal interviews with documentary and press records. Included in the book are the "sociological stories" of protests against the war in Operations RAW and Dewey Canyon III: the successful effort to place post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, Third Edition (DSM-III), of the American Psychiatric Association; the building of the National Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., despite fierce opposition; and the long-running controversy over the herbicide Agent Orange. In the last chapter the author details the sociological thinking that informs his stories, and develops the implications for understanding social movements in general and veterans' issues in particular.

-The Politics of Readjustment is a highly accessible political history of Vietnam veterans' collective readjustment struggles since the late 1960s. Wilbur J. Scott, a sociologists and Vietnam vet, weaves together the narratives of four major case histories: (1) the Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW), (2) the successful effort tot include post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD) in the American Psychological Association's official diagnostic manual, (3) the prolonged struggle to gain recognition and help for Agent Orange-related ailments, and (4) the creation of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.... The Politics of Readjustment contributes significantly to our understanding of this contentious period by bringing together the diverse political struggles of Vietnam veterans. It should be of particular interest to veterans and highly useful to contemporary American historians.-

--Edward P. Morgan, The Journal of American History

-This volume is one written about Vietnam veterans by a small but remarkable group of sociologists, Veterans who experienced the war themselves. Wilbur J. Scott... served in Vietnam 1968-69 as an army infantry platoon leader.... This is an excellent volume, sociologically informed yet not obtrusively so. It is recommended for sociologists of deviance and the military as well as students of human services bureaucracies and public policy affecting dependent groups.-

--Seymour Leventman, Social Forces

-Scott is correct in his assertion that we need a social theoretical understanding of the events that he describes.-

--G. David Curry, Contemporary Sociology "The Politics of Readjustment is a highly accessible political history of Vietnam veterans' collective readjustment struggles since the late 1960s. Wilbur J. Scott, a sociologists and Vietnam vet, weaves together the narratives of four major case histories: (1) the Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW), (2) the successful effort tot include post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD) in the American Psychological Association's official diagnostic manual, (3) the prolonged struggle to gain recognition and help for Agent Orange-related ailments, and (4) the creation of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.... The Politics of Readjustment contributes significantly to our understanding of this contentious period by bringing together the diverse political struggles of Vietnam veterans. It should be of particular interest to veterans and highly useful to contemporary American historians."

--Edward P. Morgan, The Journal of American History

"This volume is one written about Vietnam veterans by a small but remarkable group of sociologists, Veterans who experienced the war themselves. Wilbur J. Scott... served in Vietnam 1968-69 as an army infantry platoon leader.... This is an excellent volume, sociologically informed yet not obtrusively so. It is recommended for sociologists of deviance and the military as well as students of human services bureaucracies and public policy affecting dependent groups."

--Seymour Leventman, Social Forces

"Scott is correct in his assertion that we need a social theoretical understanding of the events that he describes."

--G. David Curry, Contemporary Sociology "The Politics of Readjustment is a highly accessible political history of Vietnam veterans' collective readjustment struggles since the late 1960s. Wilbur J. Scott, a sociologists and Vietnam vet, weaves together the narratives of four major case histories: (1) the Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW), (2) the successful effort tot include post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD) in the American Psychological Association's official diagnostic manual, (3) the prolonged struggle to gain recognition and help for Agent Orange-related ailments, and (4) the creation of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.... The Politics of Readjustment contributes significantly to our understanding of this contentious period by bringing together the diverse political struggles of Vietnam veterans. It should be of particular interest to veterans and highly useful to contemporary American historians."

--Edward P. Morgan, The Journal of American History

"This volume is one written about Vietnam veterans by a small but remarkable group of sociologists, Veterans who experienced the war themselves. Wilbur J. Scott... served in Vietnam 1968-69 as an army infantry platoon leader.... This is an excellent volume, sociologically informed yet not obtrusively so. It is recommended for sociologists of deviance and the military as well as students of human services bureaucracies and public policy affecting dependent groups."

--Seymour Leventman, Social Forces

"Scott is correct in his assertion that we need a social theoretical understanding of the events that he describes."

--G. David Curry, Contemporary Sociology

Foreword
Introduction
Expended Brassp. 1
Early Organizing Effortsp. 2
Emerging Ties with the Psychiatric Communityp. 4
The Iron Trianglep. 7
The VA under Firep. 9
Operation RAWp. 12
The New York City Rap Groupsp. 14
The Winter Soldier Investigationp. 18
Operation Dewey Canyon IIIp. 20
Post-Vietnam Syndromep. 27
The Early History of War Neurosisp. 28
War Neurosis in DSM-I and DSM-IIp. 32
DSM-II and the Practice of Psychiatryp. 34
Flanking Maneuversp. 37
Turmoil within the APAp. 39
Shatan: The Grief of Soldiersp. 42
The St. Louis Watershedp. 44
Growing Painsp. 47
Horse-Tradingp. 51
Counseling As a Political Issuep. 52
Parallel Developmentsp. 55
DSM-III in Progress: "No Change Is Planned"p. 57
Vietnam Veterans Working Groupp. 59
Committee on Reactive Disordersp. 61
The Balance of Power Shiftsp. 63
Defeated Againp. 66
The Committees Strike a Dealp. 68
Vet Centersp. 70
"Only We Can Prevent Forests"p. 75
Temporary Dutyp. 76
A Permanent Organizationp. 79
A Troubling Finalep. 81
Two Guys and a Mimeograph Machinep. 83
Agent Orange Gets White-Hotp. 87
The Issue Broadensp. 90
New Initiativesp. 92
An Unconventional Proclamationp. 94
"It Can Be Done"p. 97
Politics 101p. 101
A Brand New Lawsuitp. 102
Mixed Signalsp. 105
Enter the Atomic Vetsp. 107
Congressional Actionp. 109
Disrupting the Applecartp. 110
Internal Strifep. 114
Mau-Mauing the VAp. 116
The Question of Presumptionp. 119
The Politics of Commemorationp. 122
Opening Up the Earthp. 129
The Politics of Design, Round Onep. 131
The Hostages Come Homep. 132
The Awakeningp. 135
The Politics of Design, Round Twop. 138
Round Threep. 140
A Trip to Hanoip. 143
Round Fourp. 146
Discovery Continuesp. 151
Round Fivep. 154
Better Settled Than Triedp. 163
Still No Protocolp. 164
A Pretrial Setbackp. 167
Times Beachp. 170
Presumption Deniedp. 175
A New Judge, A "New" Lawsuitp. 177
Preliminary Ranch Hand Reportsp. 181
An End to the Lawsuitp. 184
Benefit of the Doubtp. 191
Research Warsp. 192
Calm before the Stormp. 196
An End to the Agent Orange Studyp. 199
The American Legion Studyp. 203
A Landmark Court Decisionp. 206
Agent Orange and an American Familyp. 209
A Congressional Inquiryp. 213
A Presumption of Service Connectionp. 220
Toward a Sociology of Veterans' Issuesp. 231
The Social Construction of Sciencep. 231
A Constructivist Approach to Social Problemsp. 235
Theoretical Interpretations of Social Movementsp. 240
Veterans as Social Movement Constituenciesp. 245
Vietnam Veterans as Social Movement Constituenciesp. 250
Theoretical Implications from Readjustment after Vietnamp. 254
Bibliographyp. 263
Indexp. 277
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ISBN: 9780202304069
ISBN-10: 020230406X
Series: Social Problems and Social Issues
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 310
Published: 31st December 1993
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.9  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.41