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The agency of liminality: army wives in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the tactical reversal of militarization

Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift
Författare Maria Eriksson Baaz
Judith Verweijen
Publicerad i Journal of Critical Military Studies
Volym 3
Nummer/häfte 3
Sidor 267-286
ISSN 2333-7486
Publiceringsår 2017
Publicerad vid Institutionen för globala studier
Sidor 267-286
Språk en
Länkar www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.108...
Ämnesord Military/civilian boundaries, militarization, liminality, army wives/spouses, Congo (DRC), governmentality, gender, postcolonial studies
Ämneskategorier Genusstudier, Freds- och konfliktforskning

Sammanfattning

The inherently unstable boundaries between military and civilian worlds have emerged as a main object of study within the field of critical military studies. This article sheds light on the (re)production of these boundaries by attending to a group that rarely features in the debates on the military/civilian divide: army wives in a ‘non-Northern’ context, more specifically the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Drawing upon the ‘analytical toolbox’ of governmentality, we explore how civilian and military positionalities are called upon, articulated, and subverted in the governing and self-governing of Congolese army wives. We show the decisive importance of these wives’ civilian–military ‘in-betweenness’ both in efforts to govern them and in their exercise of agency, in particular the ways in which they ‘tactically reverse’ militarization. The article also demonstrates the dispersed nature of the governing arrangements surrounding army wives, highlighting the vital role of ‘the civilian’ as well as the ‘agency of those being militarized’ within processes of militarization. By foregrounding the relevance of studying Congolese army wives and their militarization with an analytical toolbox often reserved for so called ‘advanced militaries/societies’, and by revealing numerous similarities between the Congolese and ‘Northern’ contexts, the article also sets out to counter the Euro/US-centrism and ‘theoretical discrimination’ that mark present-day (critical) military studies.

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