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Johanna Söderström

This chapter depicts how the process of coming home from war is understood and experienced among the various former combatants interviewed for this book. The idea of coming home, and the process of coming home, are in part metaphorical, as not everyone moves physically when they return home. This process also needs to be unpacked and problematized as the division between war and peace in individual lives is not clear-cut. This chapter is a starting point for such a discussion. Coming home can also be marked by a particular moment which is key

in Living politics after war

This book is about understanding how former combatants come home after war, and how their political lives are refracted by the war and the experience of coming home itself. In particular, it captures the political mobilization among former combatants as they come home from three very different types of war: civil war (Colombia), war of independence (Namibia), and interstate war (United States involvement in the Vietnam War). The book provides a much-needed long-term perspective on peace. It also demonstrates the artificial division between literatures across the Global North and Global South, and demonstrates how these literatures speak to each other just as the three cases speak to each other. The novel use of interviews to document life histories and the inside perspective they provide also give a unique insight into the former combatants’ own perspectives on the process of coming home and their sense of political voice. This book is not about peacebuilding in the sense of interventions. Rather, it examines peace as a process through studying the lived experiences of individuals, displaying the dynamics of political mobilization after disarmament across time in the lives of fifty former combatants. The book demonstrates how the process of coming home shapes their political commitment and identity, and how the legacy of war is a powerful reminder in the lives of these former combatants long after the end of the war.

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Johanna Söderström

Wars have a multitude of personal consequences, but they also have societal consequences as a result of the political lives that develop in their wake. Just as the war and coming home shape the politics of these former combatants in multiple ways, these former combatants shape larger processes of maintaining peace, politics, statebuilding, welfare systems, and democracy. This book sought to depict an insider's understanding of the experience of living politics after war, and how this process is understood by individual former combatants across

in Living politics after war
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Johanna Söderström

has ended. This book is not about peacebuilding in the sense of interventions. Rather, it examines peace as a process through studying the lived experiences of individuals. By focusing on the long-term political mobilization of former combatants after disarmament, the book displays how the dynamics between political mobilization , identity , and networks vary across time in the lives of fifty former combatants as they move toward peace and coming home. “Coming home” is not a clear-cut experience, and is one that needs to be unpacked. The book

in Living politics after war
Johanna Söderström

This chapter turns to the political activity the former combatants have engaged in after war. Their political mobilization has waxed and waned over the years, and their veteran identity as well as veteran networks play a role in this dynamic. As such, the chapter tries to display how former combatants connect their experience of war, and of coming home, to their subsequent political mobilization. The chapter shows how experiences covered in the earlier chapters – such as coming home, questions of identity, relationship with the state, and

in Living politics after war
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Andrew Taylor

configuration of industrial relations and politics. As the political skies darkened with the wings of chickens coming home to roost there was a dramatic shift in Conservative opinion, a shift not confined to the Conservative Party, that unions, in common with so much else in Britain, required modernisation. This modernisation took the form of advocating change in the unions’ legal framework and the conduct of

in What about the workers?
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Katy Hayward

to Nice’: still no direct answers about the future shape of the EU, intimations of lagging faith in EU partners, wariness of pinning colours to the EU mast. If the 2001 referendum saw some chickens coming home to roost, the 2008 referendum on the Lisbon Treaty witnessed the hatching of their eggs. Conclusion The result of the first Nice Treaty referendum does not represent the end of a symbiotic fit between the Irish nation-state and the European Union; on the contrary, it highlights the importance of the relationship between official nationalism and European

in Irish nationalism and European integration
Edward Ashbee

steams the tea bag contingent is legitimate. They see their jobs vanish in front of their eyes as Wall Street gets trillions. They see their wages stagnate. They worry that their children will be even less well off than they are. They sense that Washington doesn’t really care about them. On top of that, many are distraught about seeing their sons and daughters coming home in wheelchairs or body bags. With no one appearing to champion their cause, they line up with the anti-Obama crowd, and they stir in some of their social worries about gay marriage and abortion, dark

in The Right and the recession
The State, autonomous communities and the culture wars
Duncan Wheeler

Guanches were ethnically and linguistically Berbers. 95 In 1969, radical pro-independence movements planted a bomb in Las Palmas airport whilst, according to Carlos Robles Piquer, he accompanied Adolfo Suárez and Juan Carlos to a meeting with the OUA’s President, Edem Kodjo, and Canarian nationalists, at which the latter expressed their regret at not being able to rip off their white skins. 96 The Francoist rhetoric of its African territories being provinces of Spain, as opposed to colonial possessions, was coming home to roost: their independence

in Following Franco
The ‘rude awakenings’ of the Windrush era
Stuart Ward

routes which made the wealth of London, Marseilles, Bristol, Bordeaux, Cadiz, Seville and Lisbon. Europe’s chickens were coming home to roost! 37 That such instinctive awareness of the proximity of past ‘horrors’ could coexist (often in the same individual testimony) with naïve expectations of British

in The break-up of Greater Britain