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Pol01


Rearranging the rules in the military experience
Convenors:
Servane Roupnel (Université Laval)
Lea Ruelle Wargnier (University Lyon 2)
Eric Doidy (INRAE)
Stream:
Politics and Power
Format:
Panel

Short abstract:

The rules - explicit norms imposed and recognized within a group - are particularly restrictive in military circles. This panel addresses the issue of transgression through the military experience: identity tension, local-global scales, trauma, environmental relations, etc.

Long abstract:

The rules - as explicit norms imposed and recognized within a group - are particularly restrictive in military circles. They are embodied both in the military body (individual) and in the military corps (collective); they mark the soldier's identity as well as military culture. This contextualized redistribution of the relationship to the world through discipline and power helps to contain certain forms of violence and offer resilience factors. In fact, if the military world offers certain resources (fraternity, the esprit de corps, etc.), these compositions also require personal accommodations in relation to the military order or readjustments of the rules. As a result - violence making situations more and more unstable - certain points of rupture nevertheless occur and lead to transgression.

Social sciences provide tools (ethnography, narratives) that allow us to better understand what individuals and groups experience in such situations. Whether it is identity tensions, local-global scales (civil-military relations with inter-arms nuances), trauma or the relationship to the environment, reflection through rules or transgression opens perspectives and challenges of current reflections.

Our panel is open to international researchers working on those issues - from all disciplinary backgrounds - for any army (conscription or not) and for any impact specific to the profession of soldier.