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Title: No man's land? : veterans' experiences of 21st century warfare and the return to post-conflict life
Author: Wilkinson, Hannah Rose
ISNI:       0000 0004 7659 4351
Awarding Body: Keele University
Current Institution: Keele University
Date of Award: 2019
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This thesis presents original research exploring how serving in 21st century theatres of war impacts on the return to 'civilian' life ('civvy street'). Through a rich analysis of in-depth narrative interviews with former military personnel, this research seeks to better understand the complexities of navigating between military and civilian fields - 'no man's land' - amid the uncertainties, precariousness, and violent politics of modern life in 'civvy street' (Bauman, 2007; Cooper and Whyte, 2017). Significantly, the thesis develops the new concept of 'combat capital' (Wilkinson, 2016, 2017), to provide a novel framework to help make sense of the embodied and symbolic 'value' of war experiences. Used in conjunction with 'field theory' (Bourdieu, 1977, 1990), the theoretical lens of 'combat capital' makes visible a continuum of conflict and 'ordinary suffering' (Bourdieu et al., 1999), deeply rooted in the state and its institutions, that runs throughout the life course of participants in varying degrees of severity. Grounded in the experiences and voices of those currently absent within criminological literature (Walklate and McGarry, 2015a), this thesis offers a rare insight into the lived experience of being employed to deliver violence within the uniquely 'blurred', and ambiguously justified American and British led 'war on terror' (Degenhardt, 2013; Kramer and Michalowski, 2005; Mythen, 2016). Ultimately, this thesis reveals an entanglement of the embodied 'traces of war' (McGarry and Walklate, 2011), with the socio-political contexts of 'civvy street', to argue that a 'post-conflict' life no longer appears to exist. Instead, the continuum of conflict demonstrated in this thesis, suggests that 'civilian life' in the 21st century is a potential 'no man's land' to be navigated.
Supervisor: Lippens, Ronnie ; Girling, Evi ; Weston, Samantha Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: HV1 Criminology