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Master of Science (MS) in Communications


Communication Studies


"Following the aftermath of the September 11th terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers in New York City the United States has been engaged in two of the longest wars in its history, one located in Afghanistan and the other in Iraq. In the tenth year of conflict, as the Iraq war scales down and the previously ignored Afghanistan war heats up, the United States is ever increasingly being inundated by active duty and reservist military personnel that have either taken part in these conflicts or are about to take part. This paper seeks to use critical autoethnographic techniques to help reveal what it is like to be the modem version of an ancient Greek hoplite, a citizen soldier or marine that often engaged in civic responsibilities during peace, and war, during conflict. By using Paula Saukko's 2005 Cultural Studies integrative methodology of combining contextual, dialogic, and self-reflexive approaches it is hoped that the hermeneutical experiences of being a citizen-Marine or soldier can be more fully shared in efforts to create a dialogue centered on society's understanding of the modern veteran as well as modern veterans' understanding of themselves"--Document.


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