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This article provides a feminist analysis of the politics of vulnerability and resistance at work in the UK’s Military Wives Choir. Military spouses represent vulnerable and ‘militarised subjects’, providing countless forms of unpaid labour in service of the military which range from the material labour of childcare to representational work they do in popular culture and everyday life. And yet as scholars of critical military studies and international politics, we so often fall short in our exploration of how military spouses engage with the militaristic processes in which they are embroiled. Indeed, work on the critical and resistant capacity of military wives as political agents is in particularly short supply. This article will use the example of the Military Wives Choir to argue that rather than seeing military wives simply as vulnerable militarised subjects without the capacity for resistance, it is in and through this vulnerability that the possibility of resistance can appear. As such, this work speaks to broader questions regarding the sites in which militarisation occurs; even the most militarised of spaces and bodies do not necessarily only provide the preconditions for the emergence of military power. Rather, there is always the possibility for something more.
Author(s): Cree ASJ
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: International Political Sociology
Print publication date: 01/09/2020
Online publication date: 12/05/2020
Acceptance date: 02/04/2020
Date deposited: 02/02/2020
ISSN (print): 1749-5679
ISSN (electronic): 1749-5687
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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