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Civil–Military Entanglements

Anthropological Perspectives

Edited by Birgitte Refslund Sørensen and Eyal Ben-Ari

324 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-195-6 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Published (July 2019)

eISBN 978-1-78920-196-3 eBook

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“Bringing the concept of entanglement to bear on CMR is original, relevant as well as timely in the present circumstances (not to mention that it is a fine edition in terms of form to boot)... Civil-Military Entanglements is a good and important book, signalling a new departure for the anthropology of the military. And the new paradigm it outlines, well-adjusted to the circumstances still (but for how long?) prevailing today, is undoubtedly of interest as an addition to the existing literature.” • Res Militaris

“This is an important and most welcome addition to our knowledge of how militaries work and are experienced around the world. Sørensen and Ben-Ari have done a wonderful job of putting together a volume that greatly expands our knowledge and understanding of militarization and civil-military connections around the world”. • Andrew Bickford, Georgetown University


Military-civilian encounters are multiple and diverse in our times. Contributors to this volume demonstrate how military and civilian domains are constituted through entanglements undermining the classic civil-military binary and manifest themselves in unexpected places and manners. Moreover, the essays trace out the ripples, reverberations and resonations of civil-military entanglements in areas not usually associated with such ties, but which are nevertheless real and significant for an understanding of the roles war, violence and the military play in shaping contemporary societies and the everyday life of its citizens.

Birgitte Refslund Sørensen until her death in 2019, was Associate Professor at the Department of Anthropology in Copenhagen. With her background in conflict studies and political anthropology, Sørensen had been both practitioner and researcher on issues of post-conflict reconstruction for the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development and the Danish Refugee Council. Her latest publications include ”Veterans’ Homecomings”, Current Anthropology; ”Public commemorations of Danish Soldiers”, Critical Military Studies.

Eyal Ben-Ari is Director of the Center for Society, Security and Peace at Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee. His main areas of research are the sociology of the armed forces, early childhood education, and popular culture in Asia. Among his recent books are (with Zev Lehrer, Uzi Ben-Shalom and Ariel Vainer) Rethinking the Sociology of Warfare: A Sociological View of the Al-Aqsa Intifada (2010), (with Nissim Otmazgin) The State and Popular Culture in East Asia (2012) and (with Jessica Glicken Turnley and Kobi Michael) Social Science and Special Operations Forces (2017).

Subject: Peace and Conflict StudiesApplied Anthropology


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