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From warfare to welfare: veterans, military charities and the blurred spatiality of post-service welfare in the United Kingdom

Herman, Agatha and Yarwood, Richard 2015. From warfare to welfare: veterans, military charities and the blurred spatiality of post-service welfare in the United Kingdom. Environment and Planning A 47 (12) , pp. 2628-2644. 10.1177/0308518X15614844

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Abstract

The military offers a form of welfare-for-work but when personnel leave they lose this safety net, a loss exacerbated by the rollback neoliberalism of the contemporary welfare state. Increasingly the third sector has stepped in to address veterans’ welfare needs through operating within and across military/civilian and state/market/community spaces and cultures. In this paper we use both veterans’ and military charities’ experiences to analyse the complex politics that govern the liminal boundary zone of post-military welfare. Through exploring ‘crossing’ and ‘bridging’ we conceptualise military charities as ‘boundary subjects’, active yet dependent on the continuation of the civilian-military binary, and argue that the latter is better understood as a multidirectional, multiscalar and contextual continuum. Post-military welfare emerges as a competitive, confused and confusing assemblage that needs to be made more navigable in order to better support the ‘heroic poor’.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Uncontrolled Keywords: military geography welfare veterans transition military charities boundaries
Publisher: SAGE Publications (UK and US)
ISSN: 0308-518X
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 26 September 2016
Date of Acceptance: 7 October 2015
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2020 19:14
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/94903

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