Invisible veterans: defeated militants and enduring revolutionary social values in Dhufar, Oman

Wilson, Alice (2019) Invisible veterans: defeated militants and enduring revolutionary social values in Dhufar, Oman. Conflict and Society, 5 (1). pp. 132-149. ISSN 2164-4543

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Those who have participated in organized political violence often develop distinctive identities as veteran combatants. But what possibilities exist to produce a veteran identity for “invisible” veterans denied public recognition or mention, such as politically repressed defeated insurgents? Everyday socializing during or after political violence can help restore social worlds threatened or destroyed by violence; an examination of “invisible” veteran defeated revolutionaries in Dhufar, Oman, shows how everyday socializing can help reproduce a distinctive veteran identity despite political repression. Ethnographic fieldwork with veteran militants from the defeated revolutionary liberation movement for Dhufar reveals that while veterans (who are a diverse group) no longer publicly reproduce their political and economic revolutionary ideals, through everyday same-sex male socializing some veterans reproduce revolutionary ideals of social, especially tribal and ethnic, egalitarianism. These practices mark a distinctive veteran identity, and indicate an “afterlife” of lasting social legacies of defeated revolution.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Dhufar; everyday socializing; Oman; revolution; social egalitarianism; veterans
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Anthropology
School of Global Studies > International Development
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Depositing User: Alice Wilson
Date Deposited: 22 May 2019 10:07
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2022 01:00

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