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Author Ware, Vron.

Title Military migrants : fighting for YOUR country / Vron Ware
Published [Basingstoke] : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012
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Description 1 online resource (xxiii, 325 pages) : illustrations
Series Migration, diasporas and citizenship
Migration, diasporas and citizenship.
Contents 1. Introduction: For Queen and Commonwealth -- Part I. Recruitement: 2. The race to recruit; 3. The promised land -- Part II. Culture: 4. Culture shock; 5. Keeping the faith -- Part III. Racism: 6. Crossing the line; The force of the law -- Part IV. Migration: 8. Like coming to Mars; 9. Caught in the crossfire; 10. Conclusion: militarised multiculture
Summary The modern British soldier is routinely portrayed as a hero, while military service is represented as a form of sacrifice that requires recognition from society as a whole. The migrant, in the other hand, remains a focus of resentment, more likely to be seen as a scrounger who drains public resources without giving anything in return. In 1998, the British Army began to recruit from Commonwealth countries, a strategy that simultaneously addressed a labour shortage and the new legal obligations to diversify its workforce. This led to the creation of a new category of migrant-soldiers who found themselves lauded as 'heroes' but stigmatised as 'immigrants' and 'foreigners'. This book explores the phenomenon of Britain's multi-national army, a topic that has passed virtually unnoticed in public debates about immigration, citizenship, multiculturalism, national identity and war. In doing so, it poses searching questions about the relationship between the armed services and the society they are charged to defend
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Immigrants -- Cultural assimilation -- Great Britain.
Soldiers -- Great Britain.
War and society -- Great Britain.
Great Britain -- Armed Forces -- Minorities.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2012454661
ISBN 1137010037 (electronic bk.)
9781137010032 (electronic bk.)