Introduction: War Veterans and the Construction of Citizenship Categories

N. Wiegink, Ralph Willem-Friso Gerard Sprenkels, Birgitte Reflund Sorensen

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War veterans oft en constitute a specific category of citizens as they inspire and bring forward particular claims on recognition and resources of the state. The authors featured in this special section each explore processes of the construction of
categories of war veterans in different contemporary contexts. Drawing on ethnographic data, the contributions explore the interactions between (those identified) as war veterans and the state, and the processes concerned with granting value to participation in war. Th is involves (the denial of) rights and privileges as well as a process of identity construction. The construction of war veterans as a specific kind of citizens
is a political phenomenon, subject to negotiation and contestation, involving both the external categorizations of war veterans as well as the self-making and identity politics from former fighters “from below.”
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)72-78
JournalConflict and Society: Advances in Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • citizenship
  • ethnography
  • postwar politics
  • reintegration
  • war veterans


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