It’s hard to believe that the end of the year is approaching, but the October issue of Peace & Change is the last one for 2015. We’re wrapping up the year on a high note with two articles on draft resistance, gender, and citizenship in the United States and Israel. Donald W. Maxwell looks at the meaning of U.S. citizenship for men who resisted or deserted from the American War in Vietnam, while Merav Perez and Orna–Sasson-Levy analyze a series of original interviews with Israeli men on their feelings about military service in “Avoiding Military Service in a Militaristic Society: A Chronicle of Resistance to Hegemonic Masculinity.” Each essay is very rich on its own, but the parallels that run between the two—as well as the contrasts—are downright intriguing. We won’t blog any spoilers, but will promise a truly worthwhile read.
If that weren’t enough, the October issue also features a special forum edited by Kathleen Kennedy and Kathleen Z. Young marking the thirtieth anniversary of the publication of Elaine Scary’s The Body in Pain: The Making and Unmaking of the World (1985). Scarry’s multi-disciplinary analysis of the experience, expression, and representation of pain, and the processes by which people create and “unmake” their worlds (and those of others) has shaped numerous works of history and cultural studies on the politics of embodiedness and creativity. The contributors to this forum on “The Body in Pain at Thirty”—Nicole R. McClure, K. Frances Lieder, and Jason Springs—honor Scarry’s deeply influential work by raising new challenges to it. To quote the editors, the essays “focus her Universalist theoretical framework to address issues of race, gender or the particularities of historical circumstances” in a manner that simultaneously “embraces both the methodological and ethical challenges offered by Scarry’s work” while demonstrating that “the specifics of her argument need to better account for historical diversity.” The result is a host of fresh perspectives on questions that are central to the work of peace studies scholars. There is something for everyone in this forum of innovative essays.