In this episode, Heidi Mogstad talks to Jethro Norman about his ethnographic research with European veterans working and living as private military and security contractors in East Africa. Jethro argues for the importance of taking seriously the voices and experiences of veterans and ‘mercenaries’, including their attachments to and critiques of their own societies, the military, and national and colonial history. He also unsettles conventional ideas and stereotypes about contractors, war, and international green zones. Finally, Heidi challenges Jethro to reflect on the pleasures and discomfort he experienced during his novel and volatile fieldwork.

Heidi Mogstad

Post Doctoral Researcher

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