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Beyond the Band of Brothers Paperback – June 17, 2015
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This is a fascinating examination of how assumptions about the "natural order" of the human experience are artificially constructed and then perpetuated. It takes great thinkers like MacKenzie to help us deconstruct and analyze the foundations of our lived experiences.
She doesn't takes sides just shines light in the dark flimsy arguments that inform policy and practice related to women's roles in the military.
Check your opinions at the door - she Joe Friday's the heck out of the issues related to women in combat.
Its just a shame, because I believe that an analysis of us military culture needs to be done, but not like this.
it says a lot that my entire class hated the book, including a self proclaimed "militant feminist" who thought the book made her "side" look bad. Do not buy this book, borrow it or check it out from the library. Oh and just to highlight how not good this book is, somebody in my class double checked one of her sources in chapter 5/6 (cant remember which), but she messes up a quote by getting the person who says it wrong. All in all, the entire book comes off as a 200 pg blog rant and not a serious academic work.
Deriving much intellectual inspiration from Cynthia Enloe who states that idea of 'manliness and "respectable women" are seminal in militarization and war', MacKenzie furthers this by highlighting that the 'Band of Brothers' myth is central to the perpetuation of a romanticized version of war and that unraveling this myth is central in demystifying and ending wars. Following on from her impressive work on female soldiers in post-conflict Sierra Leone, this book furthers MacKenzie's status as one of the leading thinkers on female soldiers in conflicts the world over.