Using biographical case studies, this research examines how six citizen-soldiers from the United States Army and the Second Australian Imperial Force experienced life in the military in World War II. It uses the theories of Erving Goffman, Michel Foucault, and Judith Butler to explore how soldier beliefs, values, and attitudes intersected with military cultures to shape their experiences. While each recruit's respective army tried to suppress their pre-existing civilian identities, each soldier negotiated the relationship with the respective armies differently, and this difference is evidenced in their behaviour and writing, shedding useful light on diverse soldiers' wartime experience.
|Doctor of Philosophy
|30 Apr 2021
|Unpublished - 2020
- Embargoed from 11/05/2021 to 31/07/2022. Made publicly available on 31/07/2022.