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Preparing and resisting the war body : training in the British Army

Reilly, Emma (2012) Preparing and resisting the war body : training in the British Army. In: War and the body. War, Politics and Experience . Routledge, Abingdon, pp. 35-50. ISBN 9780415692151

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Abstract

Focusing on the British conscript army of the Second World War, this paper explores the physiological processes by which civilians were turned into soldiers, and the extent to which military values were inculcated in the recruit’s body, during the period of training. Drawing on a range of official sources and soldiers’ personal testimonies, it suggests that training was not simply a context of discipline and regulation. Even within the confines of the military camp or barracks men found considerable space to pursue their own agendas, often disrupting the army’s efforts to shape and control their bodies.

Item type: Book Section
ID code: 36350
Keywords: soldiers, war, physiology, world war 2, preparation for war, war body, training, british army, World War II
Subjects: History General and Old World > History (General) > World War II
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Humanities > History
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Depositing user: Pure Administrator
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2011 10:10
Last modified: 11 Nov 2013 10:42
URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/36350

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