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Becoming a traitor
Swedish Defence University, Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership (ISSL), Political Science Section, Sektionen för säkerhet.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7495-055X
2019 (English)In: Life Writing, ISSN 1448-4528, E-ISSN 1751-2964, p. 1-9Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

In this autobiographical essay, I narrate my experience of being positioned in public as naive in my profession and a traitor to my country after publishing an op-ed in Sweden’s largest daily newspaper, in which I argued that Sweden should not join NATO — the transatlantic military alliance. Some of the negative reactions came from within my own workplace. I had just been promoted to Professor at the Swedish Defence University and colleagues thought I had also betrayed them and the university by publishing the piece. In this essay, I disclose some of the reactions I encountered but, more importantly, I try to understand the effect they had on me, recounting my own inner dialogue of shame and resistance. At times I worried that I lacked expertise or even secretly harboured an affinity with the country that is now seen to motivate a Swedish NATO membership — i.e. Russia. At other times, I tried to turn the tables on the stigmatisers, claiming that it was they who had to change. While I work in a highly militarised environment, I think the fear of social death and professional shame I explore in this essay has broader resonance.

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2019. p. 1-9
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resistance, security, shame, traitor
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Political Science
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Statsvetenskap med inriktning mot strategi och säkerhetspolitik
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-8712DOI: 10.1080/14484528.2019.1644986OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-8712DiVA, id: diva2:1343513
Available from: 2019-08-16 Created: 2019-08-16 Last updated: 2019-09-10Bibliographically approved

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