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Militarized CurrentsToward a Decolonized Future in Asia and the Pacific$
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Setsu Shigematsu and Keith L. Camacho

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816665051

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816665051.001.0001

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Uncomfortable Fatigues

Uncomfortable Fatigues

Chamorro Soldiers, Gendered Identities, and the Question of Decolonization in Guam

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Militarized Currents

Keith L. Camacho

Laurel A. Monnig

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter examines the formation of militarized masculinities in Guam, with particular emphasis on the interrelated processes of militarization and masculinization among the territory’s Chamorro men in the U.S. military. It considers the voices of decolonization activists, military recruiters, and soldiers who speak to the complex conditions of their gendered incorporation into the U.S. military and how they struggle against and with their subordinated status. It also looks at unexpected forms of resistance that militarization produces at the nexus of militarized masculinities and demilitarization movements. It argues that the processes of militarization and decolonization are constitutive states of contradiction and raise questions for possibilities of resistance against the United States’s militarism in Guam and elsewhere.

Keywords:   militarization, Guam, masculinization, Chamorro, military, decolonization, soldiers, demilitarization, militarism, United States

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