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Steven Hoelscher, Chair Burdine 437, Mailcode B7100, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-7277

Fall 2005

AMS 315 • The American Military at Home-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
27986 TTh
3:30 PM-5:00 PM

Course Description

This class considers important aspects of the life of service personnel and their families in 20th century America, and how civilian communities have been affected by the growth of the American military in that century. The class will consist of two main sections: one pertaining to the American military family, and one exploring military landscapes and the militarization of space. We will look at the American military family as a whole, and in its constituent parts. Sociological and demographic data will enable us to discuss the nature of the American armed forces, particularly with regard to gender, class, regional and ethnic composition. Then, we will consider works on the active duty personnel themselves, especially those on readjustment and support programs for veterans. The lives and contributions that wives have traditionally made to their sponsors careers is a well-studied area which we will cover. Less studied, but no less important, are the lives of the children of military personnel, which we will also study. In the landscape section of the course, we will explore the history of military built environments. Then, taking a more theoretical approach to the material, we will consider how these landscapes of power and surveillance have emerged beyond the walls of military compounds.


Readings may be drawn from the following list: Uncle Sams Brides, Bonnie Domrose Stone Campfollowing, Betty Sowers Alt Military Brats, Mary Edwards Wertsch Military Brats and Other Global Nomads, ed. Morton G. Ender City of Quartz, Mike Davis Atomic Spaces, Peter Bacon Hales Landscapes of Power, Sharon Zukin My Losing Season, Pat Conroy


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