Making War at Fort Hood: Life and Uncertainty in a Military Community

Making War at Fort Hood: Life and Uncertainty in a Military Community

by Kenneth T. MacLeish
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0691152748

ISBN-13: 9780691152745

Pub. Date: 02/24/2013

Publisher: Princeton University Press

"Making War at Fort Hood is a powerful, beautifully written book that brings to life the permanent vulnerability and bafflement of suffering soldiers and their families. As MacLeish tracks what it means to have a life amid war's threat to it, he listens hard to the stories, detailing the comic and tragic genres people invent to make sense of things as they

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"Making War at Fort Hood is a powerful, beautifully written book that brings to life the permanent vulnerability and bafflement of suffering soldiers and their families. As MacLeish tracks what it means to have a life amid war's threat to it, he listens hard to the stories, detailing the comic and tragic genres people invent to make sense of things as they veer between snapping and being stunned. The emotional life of the soldier is here memorably, richly chronicled."—Lauren Berlant, University of Chicago

"For the residents of Fort Hood, Texas, 'deployment' is in the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, including infidelity, divorce, abuse, and drugs. It's also in the ordinary life of waiting, recovering, dreading. It's in the mile-long row of strip malls, fast-food chains, and auto-parts stores on the main street of Killeen. It's in death by speeding on the widows' highway the day after returning from war. Kenneth MacLeish's Making War at Fort Hood is a profound investigation not only of war in the present moment but of the precariousness of life."—Kathleen C. Stewart, University of Texas, Austin

"This is one of the most valuable books I have read in a long time. Making War at Fort Hood delivers a close, convincing, and moving portrait of soldiers' lives. It demonstrates impressive intellectual depth and at the same time is ethnographically rich. The whole country needs to learn from this book."—Alan Klima, University of California, Davis

"An ethnographic study of the everyday lives of soldiers and their families, Making War at Fort Hood tackles profound questions of trauma and bodily experience, debt, love, accountability, separation and return, in a community constituted by the routine presence of war. I love this book. It is beautifully written, poignant and compelling, illuminating and sensitive. This is an extraordinarily timely and important work."—Mary Steedly, Harvard University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691152745
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
02/24/2013
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents


Abbreviations ix
Prologue: "Don't Fuckin' Leave Any of This Shit Out" 1
Introduction 6
1A Site of Exception 27
2Heat, Weight, Metal, Gore, Exposure 50
3Being Stuck and Other Problems in the Reproduction of Life 93
4Vicissitudes of Love 134
5War Economy 179
Postscript: So-called Resiliency 223
Acknowledgments 231
Appendix: Army Rank Structure 235
Notes 239
References 249
Index 261

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