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Over There: Living with the U.S. Military Empire from World War Two to the Present|
Maria Höhn and Seungsook Moon, editors (Names listed alphabetically; Duke University Press, 2010)
Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION: The Politics of Gender, Sexuality, Race, and Class in the U.S. Military Empire
Maria Hoehn and Seungsook Moon
PART I MONITORED LIAISONS: LOCAL WOMEN AND GIS IN THE MAKING OF EMPIRE
1. Regulating Desire, Managing the Empire: U.S. Military Prostitution in South Korea, 1945-1970
2. "Pan-Pan Girls" Performing and Resisting Neocolonialism(s) in the Pacific Theater: U.S. Military Prostitution in Occupied Japan, 1945-1952
3. "You Can't Pin Sergeant's Stripes on an Archangel": Soldiering, Sexuality, and U.S. Army Policies in Germany
PART II CIVILIAN ENTANGLEMENTS WITH THE EMPIRE: AMERICAN AND FOREIGN WOMEN ABROAD AND AT HOME
4. U.S. Military Families Abroad in the Post-Cold War Era and the "New Global Posture"
5. Crossfire Couples: Marginality and Agency among Okinawan Women in Relationships with U.S. Military Men
6. Hidden Soldiers: Working for the "National Defense"
PART III TALKING BACK TO THE EMPIRE: LOCAL MEN AND WOMEN
7. In the U.S. Army but Not Quite of It: Contesting the Imperial Power in a Discourse of KATUSAs
8. "The American Soldier Dances, the German Soldier Marches": The Transformation of Germans' Views on GIs, Masculinity, and Militarism
9. In the Middle of the Road I Stand Transfixed
PART IV THE EMPIRE UNDER SIEGE: RACIAL CRISIS, ABUSE, AND VIOLENCE
10. The Racial Crisis of 1971 in the U.S. Military: Finding Solutions in West Germany and South Korea.
11. Camptown Prostitution and the Imperial SOFA: Abuse and Violence against Transnational Camptown Women in South Korea
12. Abu Ghraib: A Predictable Tragegy?
CONCLUSION: Empire at the Crossroads?
Maria Hoehn and Seungsook Moon
Over There explores the social impact of America’s global network of more than 700 military bases. It does so by examining interactions between U.S. soldiers and members of host communities in the three locations—South Korea, Japan and Okinawa, and West Germany—where more than two thirds of American overseas bases and troops have been concentrated for the past six decades. The essays in this collection highlight the role of cultural and racial assumptions in the maintenance of the American military base system, and the ways that civil-military relations play out locally. Describing how political, spatial, and social arrangements shape relations between American garrisons and surrounding communities, they emphasize such factors as whether military bases are located in democratic nations or in authoritarian countries where cooperation with dictatorial regimes fuels resentment; whether bases are integrated into neighboring communities or isolated and surrounded by “camp towns” wholly dependent on their business; and whether the United States sends single soldiers without families on one-year tours of duty or soldiers who bring their families and serve longer tours. Analyzing the implications of these and other situations, the contributors address U.S. military–regulated relations between GIs and local women; the roles of American women,including military wives, abroad; local resistance to the U.S. military presence; and racism, sexism, and homophobia within the U.S. military. Over There is an essential examination of the American military as a global and transnational phenomenon.
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