Handbook of the Sociology of the Military / Edition 1

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Never before has there been so extensive a collection of what has been thought, said, and written about the sociology of the military. This accessible handbook is the first of its kind to delve into the sociological approach to the study of the military. This book is compiled of documents coming from various researchers at universities around the world as well as military officers devoted to the sector of study. Covered in this volume is a historical excursus of studies prior to contemporary research, interpretive models and theoretical approaches developed specifically for this topic, civic-military relations including issues surrounding democratic control of the armed forces, military culture, professional training, conditions and problems of minorities in the armed forces, an examination of the structural change within the military over the years including new duties and functions following the Cold War. This book is ideal for scholars of the subject as well as those coming to the sociology of the military for the first time.

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"This collection from 24 scholars from 13 different countries provides an informative interdisciplinary overview of the most significant trends and developments in military sociology. Both newcomers and experts will find this handbook useful, particularly its comprehensive reference section. Highly recommended. Most reference collections; upper-division undergraduates and above."
Choice, 41:1 (2003)
"If any proof were needed that military sociology is a vital and intellectually vibrant subfield of sociology, the evidence is in this excellent international and interdisciplinary book. They have produced a book that succeeds on multiple levels: as an important reference work, as a report of cutting-edge research, as contribution to theory and as a book that scholars and an informed lay audience will find fascinating reading."
(International Sociology, 19:2)
"They have produced a book that succeeds on multiple levels: as an important reference work, as a report of cutting-edge research, as a contribution to theory and as a book that scholars and an informed lay audience will find fascinating reading. This volume is an important contribution to the study of the military and its relation to society, and deserves a place in the personal and professional libraries of scholars and institutions who understand the importance of the questions addressed. It would also serve as an excellent textbook for graduate or advanced undergraduate courses in civil-military relations."
(John Allen Williams; International Sociology, 19:2)
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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 3
2 Some Historical Notes 7
3 Social Research and the Military: A Cross-National Expert Survey 27
4 Models and Explanations for Military Organization: An Updated Reconsideration 61
5 The Order of Violence: Norms, Rules, and Taboos of Organized Violence and the De-legitimization of the Military 87
6 The Military and the Use of Force: Corporate Interests and War 99
7 Military Mobilization in Modern Western Societies 111
8 Civil-Military Relations 131
9 Democratic Control of Armed Forces: Relevance, Issues, and Research Agenda 151
10 The Military as a Tribe among Tribes: Postmodern Armed Forces and Civil-Military Relations? 167
11 Soldiers and Governments in Postpraetorian Africa: Cases in the Francophone Area 187
12 Military Families and the Armed Forces: A Two-Sided Affair? 201
13 Implications for Military Families of Changes in the Armed Forces of the United States 225
14 Military Culture 237
15 Military Officer Education 255
16 Women in the Military: Sociological Arguments for Integration 279
17 Diversity in the Armed Forces 299
18 Unionization of the Military: Representation of the Interests of Military Personnel 311
19 Restructuring of the Armed Forces 323
20 Conversion of the Military: Resource-Reuse Perspective after the End of the Cold War 345
21 The Decline of the European Mass Armies 361
22 Technology, Organization, and Power 385
23 Building Flexible Forces for the 21st Century: Key Challenges for the Contemporary Armed Services 405
24 A Soldier Is a Soldier Is a Soldier!? The Military and Its Soldiers in an Era of Globalization 417
25 Conclusion: Themes and Issues of the Sociology of the Military 437
References 445
Index 487
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