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Care and the Nonhuman Politics of Veteran Drunk Driving

By Ken MacLeish

Cite As:
MacLeish, Ken. 2020. “Care and the Nonhuman Politics of Veteran Drunk Driving.” Cultural Anthropology 35, no. 1: 23–30.


Military veteran drunk driving is a field of pathologized behavior in which traces of military excess meet the surveillance and banality of home-front safety. In communities with significant veteran populations, drunk driving blurs the lines between battlefield dangers and more familiar modes of domestic disorderliness, and the deployment of special mechanisms for dealing with law-breaking veterans gives rise to novel combinations of dangerous and deserving, criminal and cared-for. This article recognizes and questions the production of knowledge that is as ambivalent as the scenes of life from which it emerges.


care; military mental health; nonhuman politics