Mothers of the Military: Support and Politics During Wartime

TitleMothers of the Military: Support and Politics During Wartime
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsChristensen, Wendy M.
Number of Pages213
PublisherRowman & Littlefield
CityLanham, MD

Mothers of the Military examines the distinctive kinds of support required during an increasingly privatized war, specifically material, moral and healthcare support. Mothers are a particularly key part of the current support system for service members, and Wendy Christensen follows the mothers of U.S. service members in the War on Terrorism through the stages of recruitment, deployment, and post-deployment. Bringing to light the experiences and stories of women who are largely invisible during war—the mothers of service members. Despite the fact more women are involved in combat positions during today's wars, women are still a key part of home front support. This book draws on the personal experiences of actual military mothers, examining the emotional and physical support they give to their military members and the impact of that support on political participation.

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