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How violence dis/appears in narratives on war-like operations: A conceptual framework
Swedish Defence University, Department of Military Studies, Tactical Warfare Division, Land Operations Section.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9653-2033
2021 (English)In: Critical Military Studies, ISSN 2333-7486, E-ISSN 2333-7494Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

The present article advances a conceptual framework for the critical study of the representation of war and military violence. Essentially, it offers a conceptualization of dis/appearances of violence in public discourse, which combines the concepts of in/visibilization, de/naturalization, and dis/identification. Though they overlap and interweave in terms of what they capture, all three are considered relevant to fully elaborate how violence may dis/appear in narratives on war-like operations. Furthermore, the article exemplifies how one may make use of the conceptual framework, by exploring the representation of violence in Swedish public political debate at the time of active engagement in peace-enforcement and offensive military operations. More specifically, the empirical illustration critically examines the parliamentary debates on ONUC in Congo 1960-1964 and ISAF in Afghanistan 2002-2014. The analysis reveals and details how violence continuously tends to disappear as a reality, as a dilemma and/or as Sweden's own practice and choice. At present, the scholarly debate mainly focuses on the US or the UK. To advance our understanding of the ways in which violence is normalized and made possible, we need refined conceptual tools that allow us to explore the complexity and political work of representations of war and violence in various contexts. 

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2021.
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critical war studies, representation of war and violence, use of force, discourse and narrative analysis, Sweden
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Krigsvetenskap
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-10333DOI: 10.1080/23337486.2021.1985288OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-10333DiVA, id: diva2:1602633
Available from: 2021-10-13 Created: 2021-10-13 Last updated: 2021-10-27Bibliographically approved

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