From injury to return: Ethnographic research of the path of veterans and their relatives


In this research, we focus precisely on this transitional stage and the study of the experience of those soldiers who have already been dismissed from service for health reasons or are currently undergoing a military medical commission with the aim of such dismissal, as well as their loved ones who accompany them on this path.

In order to capture the daily life of veterans as richly as possible, but at the same time maintain the distance necessary primarily for their psychological comfort, there have been tools of social anthropology, namely «mobile ethnography». Unlike classical ethnography, which requires the researcher’s observations directly in the field, that is, inside the everyday life of the community, mobile ethnography allows, using digital tools, to obtain such data in real time quickly, but at the same time avoid the physical presence of the researcher.