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“Peace is Our Only Shelter”: Questioning Domesticities of Militarization and White Privilege

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This paper traces how Los Angeles peace activists tried to make visible the grave domestic effects of Cold War militarization. Women Strike for Peace went beyond a focus on the productive relations between the state, military and industry captured by the term “military–industrial complex” to analyze how reproductive spaces were part of this complex. In opposing war, they challenged what I am calling militarized domesticities: how war-making shapes the ‘home front’ and home as the spaces national security states claim to protect. I build on feminist antiracist intersectionality theories to situate the military–industrial complex per se within broader processes of the militarization of society and daily life. The questions become how do gendered processes of militarization—that work in conjunction with relations of white privilege—produce and connect differently situated “private” spaces or home places? How might strategies for dismantling the military–industrial complex emerge from the contradictions of these processes?

Keywords: antiracism; domesticity; feminism; military–industrial complex; peace; welfare

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Geography, Syracuse University, Syracuse, USA;, Email:

Publication date: June 1, 2011


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