Beyond Zero Tolerance: Discrimination in Military Culture

Beyond Zero Tolerance: Discrimination in Military Culture

by Mary Fainsod Katzenstein
     
 

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The U.S. military has an exemplary set of rules governing both race relations and gender discrimination, and yet it has experienced repeated sex scandals and long-lingering racial tensions. This book takes on that paradox and critically examines the reasons underlying it. Tailhook and Aberdeen tell us that getting the rules right is not enough. Looking at

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The U.S. military has an exemplary set of rules governing both race relations and gender discrimination, and yet it has experienced repeated sex scandals and long-lingering racial tensions. This book takes on that paradox and critically examines the reasons underlying it. Tailhook and Aberdeen tell us that getting the rules right is not enough. Looking at institutional culture, however, shows us how the norms and daily practices of military life may condone and even encourage continued harassment and discrimination. This book seeks to provide those interested in policy as well as more theoretical analysis ways to think about how institutional culture is formed, how it works, and how it can be changed. Original essays from a variety of perspectives compare efforts to confront issues of diversity based on gender, race, and sexual orientation. The similarities among disparate cases are striking, and each chapter sheds new light on how discrimination may multiply its effects. As this book suggests, recruiting from an increasingly diverse demographic pool will improve prospects for the future but require changes in military culture_sooner rather than later.

Editorial Reviews

H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online
As compilations of collected articles go, Katzenstein's and Reppy's Beyond Zero Tolerance: Discrimination in Military Culture is admirably coherent. The twelve chapters and the lengthy introduction by the editors consistently deal with the main theme expressed in the title of the book. In many respects this is a very fine collection of essays. Much useful and fascinating information is presented regarding military dress codes, cross-national patterns of diversity in military forces, attitudes toward minority women in World War II, the changing status of military families and so on.
Minerva: Quarterly Report
Admirably coherent...a fine collection of essays.
Rusi Journal - Air Marshall Pledger
An excellent reminder that policies, rules, and increased recruitment of minorities alone are not enough to eradicate discrimination. If armed forces are to be successful in their fight against discrimination, they must develop a culture which welcomes and values diversity. . . . This thought-provoking book is a must for anyone who is determined to achieve this objective.
Race Relations Abstracts
This is an excellent book.
H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online
As compilations of collected articles go, Katzenstein's and Reppy's Beyond Zero Tolerance: Discrimination in Military Culture is admirably coherent. The twelve chapters and the lengthy introduction by the editors consistently deal with the main theme expressed in the title of the book. In many respects this is a very fine collection of essays. Much useful and fascinating information is presented regarding military dress codes, cross-national patterns of diversity in military forces, attitudes toward minority women in World War II, the changing status of military families and so on.
Sage Race Relations Abstracts
This is an excellent book.
Minerva: Quarterly Report
Admirably coherent...a fine collection of essays.
Rusi Journal
An excellent reminder that policies, rules, and increased recruitment of minorities alone are not enough to eradicate discrimination. If armed forces are to be successful in their fight against discrimination, they must develop a culture which welcomes and values diversity. . . . This thought-provoking book is a must for anyone who is determined to achieve this objective.
— Air Marshall Pledger, Deputy Chief of Defence Staff
Booknews
Twelve sociological contributions, aimed at improving the military's record on diversification and acceptance of racial and gender differences, explore the consequences of current military culture for prospects of diversity and the role of the military's social policies in relation to the society as a whole. Articles discuss such topics as the different treatments of Nisei and African-American women employed by the military during World War II, the masculine nature of the military and its implications for policy, and the contradictions between notions of military honor and the deceptions implicit in the "don't ask, don't tell" policy towards homosexuals. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780847693160
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
02/18/1999
Pages:
308
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Mary Fainsod Katzenstein is professor of government at Cornell University. Judith Reppy is professor of science and technology studies in the Peace Studies Program at Cornell University.

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