Drafting Community: Understanding the Fate of Conscription

  title={Drafting Community: Understanding the Fate of Conscription},
  author={Anna Leander},
  journal={Armed Forces \& Society},
  pages={571 - 599}
  • Anna Leander
  • Published 1 July 2004
  • Political Science
  • Armed Forces & Society
Discussion about the fate of conscription has focused on whether structural trends are undermining its viability. This article takes another point of departure, arguing that the fate of conscription will be determined by its legitimacy as a social institution. This legitimacy is now under question because conventional myths legitimating the institution no longer function. The fate of conscription depends on whether the institution can be re-enchanted. With reference to the French abandoning… 
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