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Seeking Recognition, Becoming Citizens: Achievements and Grievances among Former Combatants from Three Wars
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3210-8609
2019 (English)In: Conflict and society: Advances in research, ISSN 2164-4543, E-ISSN 2164-4551, Vol. 5, no 1, p. 168-185Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

How do former combatants understand and make themselves into a citizen category? Through exploring the life narratives of former combatants from three different wars (Namibia, Colombia, and United States–Vietnam), this article locates similarities in the claims for recognition. The achievements or the grievances associated with the war and their homecoming made them deserving of special recognition from the state, the country, or other veterans. These claims situate these veterans in a political landscape, where they are called upon to mend and affirm the relation with the state, achieve recognition from society, and defend their fellows, which inform their citizenship practices, as it shaped their political mobilization and perceived political status. Through seeking recognition, they affirm their role as citizens.

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2019. Vol. 5, no 1, p. 168-185
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former combatants, citizenship, M-19, political mobilization, recognition struggles, SWAPO, Vietnam veterans, USA, Colombia, Namibia
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-392922DOI: 10.3167/arcs.2019.050111OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-392922DiVA, id: diva2:1350274
Available from: 2019-09-11 Created: 2019-09-11 Last updated: 2020-02-20Bibliographically approved

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