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The duty to protect: gender in the Swedish practice of conscription
Statsvetenskapliga institutionen, Lunds universitet.
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. (Centrum för feministiska samhällsstudier)
2001 (English)In: Cooperation and Conflict, ISSN 0010-8367, E-ISSN 1460-3691, Vol. 36, no 2, 153-176 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article, we turn first to a brief discussion of feminist contributions in the field of security, defense, and collective identity, and then argue that Swedish nationalism is tied to a particular form of collective identity formation through the practice of conscription. Drawing on Elshtain's notions of `just warriors' and `beautiful souls', we go on to spell out how women, historically, have been situated within the discourse of militarism. Finally, we look at how the contribution of women to the military has been perceived and argued, and then point out how a small number of female soldiers may be instrumental in exposing a particular value system of gender, citizenship, and collective identity.

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2001. Vol. 36, no 2, 153-176 p.
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies) Gender Studies
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Gender Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-6473DOI: 10.1177/001083601400422379OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-6473DiVA: diva2:213980
Available from: 2009-04-30 Created: 2009-04-30 Last updated: 2012-04-20Bibliographically approved

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