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Contents

List of Abbreviations
Acknowledgements

Introduction

PART I: GWS EXPLANATORY MODELS

Chapter 1. “Desert Rats, Not Lab Rats”

  • Introduction
  • Biomedical Position on GWS
  • A Veteran’s View
  • Discussion of GWS Causes
  • Risk
  • Conclusions

Chapter 2. Chains of Causation, Chains of Knowledge

  • Introduction
  • Contested Knowledge
  • Claims to Truth and Knowledge
  • Levels of Causation
  • Meta-narrative
  • Conclusions

PART II: BODIES AND BOUNDARIES

Chapter 3. Leaky Bodies

  • Introduction
  • Body Substances
  • Body Substances as Commodity
  • Visibility
  • Shifting Boundaries
  • Extended Boundaries
  • Leaky Bodies
  • Internal Risks
  • Conclusions

Chapter 4. “We are the Enemy”

  • Boundaries and Borders
  • Theories of Causation and the Immune System
  • Military Metaphors
  • Conclusions

PART III GWS AS UNIQUE ILLNESS

Chapter 5. Veterans’ Associations

  • The Construction of GWS Narratives
  • The Role of Women
  • “You Aren’t Mad – It’s Chemical”
  • Conclusions

Chapter 6. The Disappearing Man: Narratives of Lost Masculinity

  • Semen
  • The Soldier’s Body: The Embodiment of Masculinity
  • GWS Bodies: The Disappearance of Masculinity
  • “Old Women’s Diseases”
  • Women
  • Conclusions

Chapter 7. Impotent Warriors: The Context of Narratives of Lost Masculinity

  • Military Masculinity
  • Masculinity under Threat
  • Gender Anxiety
  • Leaving the Military
  • The Military Context
  • Conclusions: Embodying Male Lack

Conclusion: GWS and World Trade Centre Syndrome

  • GWS: An Illness of Our Time?
  • Risk and Vulnerability
  • The medicalisation of Life
  • The Approach of Anthropology
  • Ethical Issues and Dilemmas
  • Conclusions

Appendices
Bibliography
Index

Impotent Warriors

Perspectives on Gulf War Syndrome, Vulnerability and Masculinity

Susie Kilshaw

282 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-84545-526-2 Hb Published (December 2008)