War Injuries and Advances in Body Part Replacement in the Context of Class Society

By Robert C. Hauhart.

Published by The International Journal of Critical Cultural Studies

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Since the end of the Vietnam War, the United States has relied on ‘volunteer’ armed services. Depending on volunteers for military defense–or military aggression–requires significantly different motivational ‘scripts’ and inducements than reliance on inductees. However, unlike the armed services, few commercial enterprises need to successfully manage the negative features of potential death and physical or mental disablement. One means of managing their effect is to support advances in body part replacement while alternating official silence regarding the extent of such injuries; patriotic rhetoric aimed at whipping up public support and morale; and scripting positive outcome scenarios (career enhancement; character building; and cash incentives). Research shows that financial support for, and medical advances in, body part research and design coincides historically with American involvement in military actions.

Keywords: War Injuries, Military Service, Class Society, Prosthetics, Scripts

The International Journal of Critical Cultural Studies, Volume 10, Issue 1, pp.23-34. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 226.966KB).

Robert C. Hauhart

Associate Professor, Department of Criminal Justice and Legal Studies, Saint Martin’s University, Lacey, Washington, USA

Robert C. Hauhart is an associate professor of criminal justice, legal studies, and sociology at Saint Martin’s University, Lacey, WA. His primary intellectual interests include the intersection of law, economics, and social institutions; non-legal social justice initiatives; the impact of cultural ideology on social action; and innovative teaching modalities for undergraduate capstone seminars.