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Conscripted Volunteering: An Ethnographic Study of Community Engagement Schemes in the Israeli Military

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Organization address
address: SPUI 21
postcode: 1012WX

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 Coordinator Country Netherlands [NL]
 Project website
 Total cost 165˙598 €
 EC max contribution 165˙598 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2016
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-08-01   to  2019-07-31


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 Project objective

Militaries increasingly engage their soldiers in activities framed as ‘community engagement’ or ‘volunteering’, ranging from facilitating activities for children to delivering food to the needy. ‘Conscripted volunteering’, as I term this phenomenon, is part of a broader ‘moralization’ of contemporary society that glorifies ‘volunteering’ as a prominent route for ethical conduct. Under neoliberalism, ‘volunteering’ becomes an object of intensified political interest and promotion. While ‘volunteering’ that is facilitated by militaries can be considered as a means to enhance their public legitimacy, inspired by corporate techniques of reputation management, I propose to analyse it also as a governmentality technique that reinforces the ideological and ethical adherence of soldiers. The proposed research project explores the intensive implementation of ‘conscripted volunteering’ in the Israeli military, a military which is considered a paradigmatic case in studies of armed forces.

The project provides a theoretically-informed, in-depth ethnographic account of a phenomenon that has so far been neglected in the literature. It examines why and how ‘conscripted volunteering’ emerged and became widespread in the Israeli military, how these volunteering schemes are assembled, organised and managed, and how this new type of soldiers’ engagement affects their notions of morality, citizenship and subjecthood. These questions are addressed through in-depth interviews, participant observations and content analysis. The project uniquely converges the thematic areas of military studies and volunteering research; it brings together the candidate’s expertise in studying the rise of ‘volunteering’ with the host institute’s specialization in anthropology of military and security. The project contributes to the increasing interest in military-civic entanglements, and to the critical analysis of the emergence of ‘volunteering’, and of its causes, meanings and implications.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Itamar Y. Shachar
Debating Assistance to Refugees in Israel: Ethnocentric-Humanitarian Tensions and Militarized Alignments
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Paper presented as part of the panel “Southern-led Responses to Displacement in the MENA Region” at the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies conference 25-28 June 2018 2020-01-27
2018 Itamar Y. Shachar
The Rise of “Conscripted Volunteering”: Between Corporatization of Militaries and the Moralisation of Society
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in the academic workshop “Travail gratuit, service, citoyenneté: Approches historiques et sociologiques” (Unpaid work, service and citizenship: Historical and sociological approaches), Université Paris Nanterre, France 1 February 2018 2020-01-27
2019 Itamar Y. Shachar
‘Conscripted Volunteering’ and the Emergence of a Military-Industrial-Nonprofit Complex in Israel
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Paper presented at the 15th Biennial Conference of the European Research Group on Military and Society, Lisbon, Portugal 17 – 21 June 2019 2020-01-27
2019 Itamar Y. Shachar
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Paper presented at the academic workshop “Political Concepts of Labour: Economy, Life, Resistance”, organized by the Minerva Humanities Center and by the Department of Politics and Government at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Be’er Sheva, Israel 4 June 2019 2020-01-27
2019 Itamar Y. Shachar, Lesley Hustinx
Settling the Neoliberal Contradiction through Corporate Volunteering: Governing Employees in the Era of Cognitive Capitalism
published pages: 773-805, ISSN: 0891-2416, DOI: 10.1177/0891241619828442
Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 48/6 2020-01-27
2018 Itamar Y. Shachar
Volunteering and the Formation of Militarized Subjects: An Ethnographic Study of ‘Conscripted Volunteering’ in the Israeli Military
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Paper presented and roundtable contribution at the 13th conference of the International Society for Third Sector Research, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam 10-13 July 2018 2020-01-27
2019 Itamar Y. Shachar
An emerging military-industrial-nonprofit complex? Militarized assemblages in an age of moralization
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Paper presented at the 47th Annual Meeting of the Israeli Anthropological Association, Be’er Sheva, Israel, as part of the specialized panel “Weaponzed Volunteering: Interfaces of Security and Volunteering in Israel” 26-27 May 2019 2020-01-27
2019 Itamar Y. Shachar
An emerging military-industrial-nonprofit complex? Militarized assemblages in an age of moralization
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\"Paper presented as part of the international academic symposium \"\"Weaponized Volunteering: New Configurations Between Civil Society and Armed Organizations\"\"\" 21-22 Febraury 2019 2020-01-27
2018 Itamar Y. Shachar, Lesley Hustinx, Lonneka Roza and Lucas Meijs
A New Spirit Across Sectors: Constructing a Common Justification for Corporate Volunteering
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31 May – 1 June 2018 \"Invited paper presented at th 2020-01-27
2019 Itamar Y. Shachar, Johan von Essen, Lesley Hustinx
Opening Up the “Black Box” of “Volunteering”: On Hybridization and Purification in Volunteering Research and Promotion
published pages: 245-265, ISSN: 1084-1806, DOI: 10.1080/10841806.2019.1621660
Administrative Theory & Praxis 41/3 2020-01-27
2017 Itamar Y. Shachar
The Moralisation of Society and the Rise of ‘Conscripted Volunteering’
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Paper presented at the European Sociological Association conference 29 August - 1 September 2017 2020-01-27
2018 Itamar Y. Shachar
Assembling ‘Conscripted Volunteering’: Moralization and the Formation of a Militarized Subject
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Paper presented in CASCA-CUBA – The Canadian Anthropology Society Annual Meeting, Universidad de Oriente, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba. 16-20 May 2018 2020-01-27
2018 Itamar Y. Shachar
Unsettling “Doing Good” through the Case of Conscripted Volunteering
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Paper presented in an invited session of the American Anthropological Association interest group on NOGs and nonprofits, at the 117th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, San Jose, California 14-18 November 2018 2020-01-27
2018 Itamar Y. Shachar
Promoting Corporate Volunteering: A Technique of Molding a Productive Subject in the Era of Cognitive Capitalism
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Paper presented at the Israeli Sociological Society annual meeting, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Be’er-Sheva, Israel 29-30 January 2018 2020-01-27

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