Mothers of the Military: Support and Politics During Wartime
Available now through Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Mothers of the Military follows the mothers of U.S. service members in the War on Terrorism through the stages of recruitment, deployment, and post-deployment. By drawing on the personal experiences of actual mothers of service members, this book examines the kinds of support needed during wartime, and the impact of providing that support on political participation.
"Wendy Christensen doesn’t let us slide into simplistic assumptions about either militarization or women as mothers. Her careful listening over a decade reveals American racially diverse women dealing with their government’s pressures, their own expectations, their strategic choices about when to stay silent and when to speak out. This book has taught me a lot." — Cynthia Enloe, Clark University; author of The Big Push: Exposing and Challenging Persistent Patriarchy
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology