Women at War: Gender Issues of Americans in Combat [NOOK Book]

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The Persian Gulf War changed the face of combat. It brought women's military roles into the spotlight, in large part via the mass media, and showed that many women performed combat roles similar to those of men during the conflict. The war was thus an impetus for changes in laws that had prevented women from serving in combat assignments. In past centuries, because it was not culturally acceptable for women to serve in combat, surprising numbers joined secretly under assumed ...
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Overview

The Persian Gulf War changed the face of combat. It brought women's military roles into the spotlight, in large part via the mass media, and showed that many women performed combat roles similar to those of men during the conflict. The war was thus an impetus for changes in laws that had prevented women from serving in combat assignments. In past centuries, because it was not culturally acceptable for women to serve in combat, surprising numbers joined secretly under assumed male names.
After defining exactly what is meant by "war" and "combat," this work presents historical and present-day views of the involvement of women in the military. The impact of regulations on women in combat is analyzed, as is the role of the American public in the controversy. Female combat is put into context with sociological theory; also discussed are readiness, cohesion, ability, sexuality, equal opportunity and family issues.
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As the nature of combat changes, law and policy must change to place women in official combat roles. Defines war and combat, then presents historical and present day views of women involved in the military. Analyzes the impact of regulations on women in combat, as well as the role of the American public in the controversy, and examines female combat in the context of sociological theory. Discusses issues of readiness for combat, unit cohesion, ability, sexuality, family relationships, and equal opportunity. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786481736
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/1/1999
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Sociologist Rosemarie Skaine lives in Cedar Falls, Iowa. She has also written Women Political Leaders in Africa (2008), Female Suicide Bombers (2006), Female Genital Mutilation (2005), The Cuban Family (2004), Paternity and American Law (2003), The Women of Afghanistan Under the Taliban (2002), Women College Basketball Coaches (2001) and Power and Gender (1996).
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface 1
Tables 5
Abbreviations 7
Introduction 9
1 What Is War? 17
2 What Is Combat? 25
3 Evolution of Women's Involvement in War and Combat: The Historical View 45
4 Evolution of Women's Involvement in War and Combat: The Contemporary Scene 61
5 Law and Policy 89
6 The American Public 119
7 Sociological Theory and the Evolution of Combat 133
8 Readiness 153
9 Cohesion 167
10 Ability 173
11 Sexual Issues 187
12 Equal Opportunity 197
13 Family 209
14 Toward Strength and Equality 223
Appendices 227
Notes 235
Bibliography 273
Index 287
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