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The Sexual Economy of War: Discipline and Desire in the U.S. Army

Andrew Byers


The book argues that concerns about sexuality were fundamental to how the U.S. Army managed its deployments and military occupations throughout the early decades of the twentieth century. Far from being just a marginal release from the stresses of military service and combat, sexuality stood at the center of the military experience. The book uses the concept of a “sexual economy of war” to highlight the interconnectedness of everything from homosexuality, competing conceptions of masculinity, and the proper role of military families, to issues like rape and sexual violence, as well as attempts ... More

Keywords: sexual economy of war, sexuality, military, military justice, U.S. Army

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781501736445
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501736445.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Byers, author