Unofficial Memorial Rites in an Army Unit

Nissan Rubin

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Formal military rules specify the rites for soldiers killed while serving in the Israel Defense Force. The military officially forbids the memorialization of individual soldiers by comrades in arms, and there are no formal rituals for expression of bereavement. Informal expressions of bereavement and memorialization of fellow soldiers however, do occur in a combat unit. Further, despite efforts by the military to institute an egalitarian system of burial and mourning, unsanctioned distinctions arise based on the circumstances of death and the position of the deceased in the hierarchy of his unit. Through this informal system of memorialization, the military reduces conflict between hierarchical and egalitarian symbols.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)795-809
Number of pages15
JournalSocial Forces
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Mar 1985

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Copyright © 1985 The University of North Carolina Press.


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