Call for Papers - How is patriotism defined in 21st Century America?

deadline for submissions: 
March 5, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Journal of Veterans Studies
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Within the scholarly realm, patriotism has often been researched within social sciences, humanities, but there is little published research through the lens of veteran studies. Patriotism in America has evoked passionate responses from both non-veterans as well as veterans but what does it mean to be patriotic in America in the 21st century?  Has the meaning of patriotism changed from the last century?  Is American patriotism accessible across social and cultural boundaries, is it an aspirational idea for some, or is it an outdated social construct in an ever-evolving society?  How can patriotism be measured?  


From 1940 to 1973, compulsory military service shaped the lives of millions of Americans, their families, and their communities.  Now, less than one percent of the US population serves in the US military according to the Council on Foreign Relations.  Many communities no longer experience the impact of military service.  While veteran status is a space fewer Americans occupy, identification as a veteran remains associated with American patriotism.  For some Americans, military service has been a pathway to American citizenship for those who were born in foreign countries while, for others, military service democratized American society through legislation which integrated women and persons of color.  For both non-veteran and veterans, patriotism operates within an intersectional paradigm – a space where interconnected social, cultural, and racial identities overlap to define unique lived experiences.  For this special issue of the Journal of Veteran Studies, we solicit scholarly articles that pursue the concept of contemporary patriotic identity within an intersectional paradigm.  Contributors are invited to explore the following questions or others:


  • From a veteran studies perspective, how can research and analysis on patriotism and patriotic identity contribute to scholarly narratives in an interdisciplinary space? 


  • Within the veteran community, are there nuanced perspectives on patriotism based upon social, cultural, racial/ethnic, gender, religious or other categories?  If so, how have these personal experiences shaped perspectives about patriotism?


  • Through the lens of veteran studies, does the language and the semiotics associated with American patriotism reveal an evolving body of beliefs regarding American democracy?  


  • Is there an unspoken caste among veterans with regard to combat/non-combat status or having served in Special Forces versus traditional units?  How does this affect perceptions of patriotism?


Please submit abstracts to Bryon L. Garner at  




  • 300-word abstract and 75-word author bio:  Friday, March 5th, 2021
  • Feedback on abstracts and acceptance/rejection notifications:  Friday, April 2nd, 2021
  • Full articles submitted via Journal of Veteran Studies portal:  Friday, June 4th, 2021
  • Special Fourth of July edition journal published:  Friday, July 2nd, 2021