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Advances in Nursing Science:
doi: 10.1097/01.ANS.0000319563.61137.ef
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The Elephant in the Room: Critical Reflections on Militarism, War, and Their Health Contingencies

Sr, Sharon McGuire OP, PhD, FNP-BC; Boyle, Joyceen PhD, RN, FAAN

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Abstract

This philosophical analysis critically explores an archeology of militarism as an underpinning to multiple forms of violence, especially war. Deconstructing militarism and its discourses reveal it as a pervasive geographical, cultural, political, and psychological presence. New war technologies, related health and environmental problems, injuries, social suffering, and disproportionality in military spending as a threat to health are uncovered. Continuing the dialogue in formal nursing associations, critiquing media complicity in securing consent for war, and reconstructing a nonviolent, healthier world through nonviolent resistance are advocated.

© 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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