MA in Critical Sociology
Anson Nater (Second year cohort)
"It would seem that there has always been a moral inquiry into war that is as old as war itself. Underlying this tradition of inquiry are sets of assumptions about human rights, states’ rights and responsibilities and, of course, justice. What is often missing from war inquiry is a focus on people who refuse to participate in ‘unjust’ conflicts. My MA thesis focuses on enlisted American soldiers who refused to participate in or be deployed to the Iraq and Afghanistan occupations. These soldiers now reside in Canada as refugees and conscientious objectors. The ethnographic research I am conducting investigates how war is waged and sold, in order to create dialogue about military abstention and its place within the military."