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An army of working individualists?: A phenomenological interview study of Swedish soldiers going to, working and being in Afghanistan
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis is concerned with the lived life-world of Swedish soldiers that have worked in Afghanistan as part the ISAF mission. It studies the soldiers' experiences by drawing on five qualitative, open interviews and analyses these from a phenomenological perspective. In the thesis some existing research on soldiers is reviewed critically and it is argued that there is a need for an exploratory study of those that execute international peace operations. The analysis of the soldiers' experiences results in a thematic understanding around, first; reasons for going to Afghanistan and how they handle the different life-style and level of control they have on their work and situation. Second, how they perceive their stay in Afghanistan which mostly consists of working, with small possibilities and desire to relax, apart from working out and play games. The third theme concerns perceptions of their bodies, thoughts about being and having been there as well as gender differences. Lastly it is noted that the soldiers hold rather limited experiences of the Afghan people, both the security forces and civilians.It is also argued that their experiences can be understood in a wider context as, first, a self- realizing job or adventure rather than a vocation, and second as being divided along modern and post-modern logics consisting of different values and regimes of control of the individual.

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2012. , 39 p.
Keyword [en]
Swedish soldiers, phenomenology, Afghanistan, Swedish Armed Forces, qualitative interviewing
Keyword [sv]
Svenska soldater, fenomenologi, Afghanistan, Försvarsmakten, kvalitativa intervjuer
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Social Sciences Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-175488OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-175488DiVA: diva2:531777
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Freestanding course
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Social and Behavioural Science, Law
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Available from: 2012-06-12 Created: 2012-06-07 Last updated: 2012-06-12Bibliographically approved

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