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"They need our help": Non governmental organizations and the subjectifying dynamics of the military as social cause

Millar, Katharine (2015) "They need our help": Non governmental organizations and the subjectifying dynamics of the military as social cause. Media, War and Conflict, 9 (1). pp. 9-26. ISSN 1750-6352

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Identification Number: 10.1177/1750635215606867

Abstract

The invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan spurred a range of popular activity – from anti-war protests to war boosterism to veterans’ advocacy – purporting to “support the troops”. Nongovernmental organizations, from veterans’ welfare organizations to anti-war groups, are crucial to this transformation of “the troops” into a social cause and matter of collective concern. As such, this article proposes an initial qualification of NGO representative practices as a form of media genre, characterized by striking similarity in presentation, structure, and particularly explicitly normative tone. A poststructural discursive approach is utilized to examine the implications of this genre for the production of subjectivities and power relations inherent to “supporting the troops” via a structured analysis of the public-produced texts of a selection of typologically-identified NGOs in the United States and United Kingdom. The article goes on to highlight the ways in which NGO representations counterintuitively objectify those they seek to support, while simultaneously limiting the political possibilities of supporters. Overall, it is argued that within the context of the liberal state, the representations of support produced across the advocacy spectrum work to not only depoliticize conflict but to “apoliticize” support for the troops as a matter of morality.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://journals.sagepub.com/home/mwc
Additional Information: © 2015 The Author
Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Sets: Departments > International Relations
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2017 14:02
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2019 02:05
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/84596

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