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Militära berättelser: Berättande som kulturell praktik i det militära
Linköping University, Department of Culture and Communication.
2012 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Military narratives : Narrative as cultural practice in the military (English)
Abstract [en]

The main purpose of this study is to show how narrative can be understood as cultural practice, how it can be said to function both internally and externally, and to ask questions about how the narrating subject, through the organizing of narrative, positions it self and mediates between the different discoursive contexts of which it is a part. This is done by an analisys of how six swedish soldiers tells the tale of how they came to choose a military carrer and why they have served or want to serve in peace-keeping missions abroad. The source material is primarily collected through unstructured interviews with theese soldiers, but also through textual analysis of a soldier blog. Theoretically the study draws on a combination of the discourse theory of Michel Foucault, narrative theory, Richard Jenkins theory of the internal-external dialectic of identifikation and intersectionality to construct a framework that allows the narratives to be deconstructed and understood as discoursive products of both the military contexts as such and the larger cultrual context that surrounds it. The conclusions of this study suggests that the organizing of soldier narratives are a complex and multifaceted process, in which the soliders must balance between the ideals, values and norms of the military context while also taking into account how society at large views and interprets the practices and forms of military life. It is also argued that the construction of swedish national identity during the second half of the twentieth century, which put a large emphasis on civilian modernity and neutrality rather than on the military, when combined with the previously implemented conscript system, creates a discourse in which it is hard to make sense of the choice to voluntarily become a part of the military context.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 44 p.
Keyword [en]
The military, narrative, intersectionality, discourse theory
Keyword [sv]
Militären, berättande, intersektionalitet, diskursteori
National Category
Humanities Social Anthropology
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-75148ISRN: LIU-IKK/SANT-G--12/008--SEOAI: diva2:504005
Subject / course
Social Anthopology
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2012-02-27 Created: 2012-02-17 Last updated: 2012-02-27Bibliographically approved

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