“There Was Fear but One Gets Used to Everything”: Internalization of Discipline and Externalization of Fear In the Memories of Russian Veterans of Local Wars
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“There Was Fear but One Gets Used to Everything”: Internalization of Discipline and Externalization of Fear In the Memories of Russian Veterans of Local Wars
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Olga Vorobieva 
Institute of World History, Russian Academy of Sciences
Russian State University for the Humanities
Address: Russian Federation, Moscow
Fedor Nicolai
Affiliation: K. Minin Nizhny Novgorod State Pedagogical University
Address: Russian Federation, Nizhny Novgorod
The article considers two modalities of correlation between feelings, emotions and memorial narratives of Russian local wars veterans. Senior officer’s interviews are more didactic and prone to moralization. Their stories connected with fear, on the one hand, become the culmination of existential narrative, and on the other hand, justify the internalization of disciplinary discourse by linking “self” and “others” opposition with external threats. In soldier’s and junior officer’s extremely fragmentary interviews fear and anxiety are connected with internal, bodily sensations that allow one to survive in extra/ordinary front-line everyday life. Both these discursive models are equally referring to material affects, but differently articulate them in a symbolic space. The first emphasizes the internalization of discipline, the second — externalization of bodily sensations. The purpose of humanitarian research (including oral history and memory studies) in this context is to abandon the dichotomy of social constructivism vs. ego-psychology in describing war experience. Anthropological research of affects / emotions / discourse complexes is the most promising.
practice commemoration, narratives, veterans of local conflicts, fear, history of emotions
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The article was prepared with the support of the grant of the Russian Science Foundation No. 17-78-30029
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