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Fighting for Peace brings to light an important yet neglected aspect of opposition to the Iraq War—the role of veterans and their families. Drawing on extensive participant observation and interviews, Lisa Leitz demonstrates how the harrowing war experiences of veterans and their families motivated a significant number of them to engage in peace activism.

Married to a Navy pilot herself, Leitz documents how military peace activists created a movement that allowed them to merge two seemingly contradictory sides of their lives: an intimate relation to the military and antiwar activism. Members of the movement strategically deployed their combined military–peace activist identities to attract media attention, assert their authority about the military and war, and challenge dominant pro-war sentiment. By emphasizing the human costs of war, activists hoped to mobilize American citizens and leaders who were detached from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, bring the wars to an end, and build up programs to take care of returning veterans and their families.

The stories in Fighting for Peace ultimately reveal that America’s all-volunteer force is contributing to a civilian–military divide that leaves civilians with little connection to the sacrifices of the military. Increasingly, Leitz shows, veterans and their families are being left to not only fight America’s wars but also to fight against them.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Further Reading, Copyright, Dedication, Quote
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Preface. Contradictions: Peace/War and Observer/Participant
  2. pp. xi-xviii
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  1. Introduction: The Military Peace Movement
  2. pp. 1-28
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  1. 1. Joining the Military Peace Movement: Risky Business
  2. pp. 29-72
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  1. 2. Insider–Outsiders: From Warriors to War Protestors
  2. pp. 73-122
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  1. 3. Building a Family and Transforming Activists’ Emotions
  2. pp. 123-156
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  1. 4. Managing and Deploying the Insider–Outsider Identity
  2. pp. 157-200
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  1. 5. Using Grief to Connect with Bystanders
  2. pp. 201-228
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  1. Conclusion: One War Ends, Another War Continues
  2. pp. 229-248
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  1. Appendix. Timeline of Major Events: Wars, Public Opinion, and Protests
  2. pp. 249-254
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. 255-256
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 257-258
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 259-274
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 275-290
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 291-306
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  1. About the Author, Further Reading
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781452940878
Related ISBN
9780816680467
MARC Record
OCLC
875820463
Pages
312
Launched on MUSE
2014-04-24
Language
English
Open Access
No
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