The Social History of Explosive Remnants of War in Vietnam

By Sara Smits Keeney.

Published by The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Global Studies

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Published online: June 3, 2014 $US5.00

This paper traces the links between the military, industry, and the U.S. government to show how weapon development was influenced by the U.S. involvement in Vietnam. The relationship between technology and conflict is made clear through both the new uses and development of weapons dictated by U.S. government policy in Southeast Asia. Ultimately, deadly consequences remain for civilians living in Vietnam as a result of these developments and the unsettling circumstance calls into question who should be responsible.

Keywords: Social History, Weapons, Military

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Global Studies, Volume 8, Issue 1, June 2014, pp.1-13. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: June 3, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 261.589KB)).

Dr. Sara Smits Keeney

Assistant Professor, Sociology, Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH, USA

My research interests include: Peace, War and Conflict Studies; Social Movements and Social Change; Militarism; International Sociology; Community Based Research; Engaged Scholarship and the Scholarship of Teaching. I received my PhD in Sociology from Syracuse University (2007), as well as a certificate in advanced studies in Conflict Resolution from the Maxwell School. My dissertation focused on the social consequences of war in a post-war context. This research took me to Vietnam where I spent time interviewing present day individuals affected by landmines and other unexploded ordnance and studying the work of a few non-governmental organizations addressing this problem.