Fighting for Peace

9780816680450: Hardback
Release Date: 15th April 2014

9780816680467: Paperback
Release Date: 20th April 2014

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Dimensions: 140 x 216

Number of Pages: 312

Series Social Movements, Protest and Contention

University of Minnesota Press

Fighting for Peace

Veterans and Military Families in the Anti–Iraq War Movement

Fighting for Peace brings to light an important yet neglected aspect of opposition to the Iraq War—the role of veterans and their families. Drawing on extensive participant observation and interviews, Lisa Leitz demonstrates how the harrowing war experiences of veterans and their families motivated a significant number of them to engage in peace activism.

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Fighting for Peace brings to light an important yet neglected aspect of opposition to the Iraq War—the role of veterans and their families. Drawing on extensive participant observation and interviews, Lisa Leitz demonstrates how the harrowing war experiences of veterans and their families motivated a significant number of them to engage in peace activism.

Married to a Navy pilot herself, Leitz documents how military peace activists created a movement that allowed them to merge two seemingly contradictory sides of their lives: an intimate relation to the military and antiwar activism. Members of the movement strategically deployed their combined military–peace activist identities to attract media attention, assert their authority about the military and war, and challenge dominant pro-war sentiment. By emphasizing the human costs of war, activists hoped to mobilize American citizens and leaders who were detached from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, bring the wars to an end, and build up programs to take care of returning veterans and their families.

The stories in Fighting for Peace ultimately reveal that America’s all-volunteer force is contributing to a civilian–military divide that leaves civilians with little connection to the sacrifices of the military. Increasingly, Leitz shows, veterans and their families are being left to not only fight America’s wars but also to fight against them.

Contents

Preface. Contradictions: Peace/War and Observer/ParticipantAbbreviations

Introduction: The Military Peace Movement1. Joining the Military Peace Movement: Risky Business2. Insider-Outsiders: From Warriors to War Protestors3. Building a Family and Transforming Activists’ Emotions4. Managing and Deploying the Insider-Outsider Identity5. Using Grief to Connect with BystandersConclusion: One War Ends, Another War Continues

Appendix. Timeline of Major Events: Wars, Public Opinion, and ProtestsAcknowledgmentsNotesBibliographyIndex

Lisa Leitz is assistant professor of sociology and director of Project Pericles at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas. She is married to a U.S. naval aviator who flew missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, and she was a speaker on the Iraq War and military issues for the 2004 Kerry–Edwards presidential campaign.