Forces Sauces and Eggs for Soldiers: Food, Nostalgia and the Rehabilitation of the British Military

Joanna Tidy

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Abstract

This article identifies, and considers the political implications of, the association of the contemporary British military and British soldiers with nostalgia. This aspect of the discursive project of rehabilitating the British military post-Iraq has not hitherto been theorised. The article analyses a set of exemplifying texts, four military charity food brands (Eggs for Soldiers, Forces Sauces, Red Lion Foods and Rare Tea Company Battle of Britain Tea) to ask how nostalgic rehabilitation of the British military unfolds at the intersections of militarisation, commemoration, and post-2008 ‘conscience capitalism’. I outline how military charity food brands are a form of ‘conscience capitalism’ through which the perpetuation of militarised logics are produced as a notionally apolitical social ‘cause’, rendered intelligible within the terms of existing commoditised discourses of post-2008 vintage nostalgia. I then ask what understandings of British soldiers and the British military are constituted within the discourse of nostalgic rehabilitation, and secondly what forms of commemoration are entailed. I argue that a nostalgic generalisation of soldiers and the military nullifies the potential unruliness of individual soldiers and obscures the specifics of recent, controversial, wars. Secondly nostalgic civil-military engagement entails a commemorative logic in which forms of quasi-military service are brought into the most banal spaces of everyday civilian life.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)220-232
Number of pages14
JournalCritical Military Studies
Volume1
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Feb 2015

Keywords

  • Military Charities
  • Nostalgia
  • Militarisation
  • Help for Heroes
  • Conscience Capitalism

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