Department of Political Science

Morten Brænder

Fortællinger fra fronten. En narrativ analyse af civilreligiøse elementer i militære blogs

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Do servicemen justify the ultimate sacrifice in civil religious terms? In this article, I compare two military weblogs (milblogs), written by an officer and a private. Both bloggers describe events that took place on February 8, 2007, when three men from their company were killed by a roadside bomb. My point of departure is the theory of Civil Religion as articulated in the wake Robert Bellahs 1967 article 'Civil Religion in America'. Contrary to studies of civil religion centring on narratives in elite discourse, the object of analysis in this article is first-person accounts made by soldiers from the frontline. In the analysis, made by means of a structuralist, narrative approach, I show that both stories contain religious elements However, only the account made by the officer can be categorised as civil religion proper, since only his narrative contains references to the transcendent nature of the nation.
Original languageDanish
JournalPolitica. Tidsskrift for politisk videnskab
Pages (from-to)206-228
Number of pages23
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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