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Women in Combat: A Reference Handbook
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Women in Combat: A Reference Handbook

by Rosemarie Skaine
 

This handbook provides a straightforward account of how women have served in combat roles and explains the ongoing controversy surrounding efforts to legalize combat assignments for female service members.

• Offers insights obtained from exclusive interviews with distinguished long-time female military officers, international scholars, and religious leaders

Overview

This handbook provides a straightforward account of how women have served in combat roles and explains the ongoing controversy surrounding efforts to legalize combat assignments for female service members.

• Offers insights obtained from exclusive interviews with distinguished long-time female military officers, international scholars, and religious leaders

• Contains relevant materials such as the 1988 Risk Rule, Soldier's Creed, Department of Defense ground combat policy, and USC 6015

• Includes biographical information on more than 25 women who have served or are serving in combat positions, as well as advocates and opponents of combat roles for women

• Presents a chronology of significant events related to women in the military from 1775 to 2010

• Contains a bibliography of important materials to assist readers in further study of this controversial subject

• Provides a glossary defining key military acronyms and terms

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The thoroughness of this work, and the impressive list of references concluding each chapter, indicates the enormous amount of research that went into it. . . . Researchers will appreciate the lengthy annotated list of print and non-print resources, definitive glossary, and extensive index." - School Library Journal

"A new addition to the Contemporary World Issues series, this work provides a good overview of the issue of women in combat. . . . Overall, this work is a nicely arranged, easy-to-use introduction to the topic." - Choice

"A solid, unbiased reference handbook concerning a vital modern-day issue—that of women serving in military combat. . . . Women in Combat is highly recommended especially for public and college library military shelves." - Midwest Book Review

School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up—The thoroughness of this work, and the impressive list of references concluding each chapter, indicates the enormous amount of research that went into it. The first chapter provides background and history on one of the most controversial issues regarding women in the military: Should they be allowed to participate in combat? Fueling the debate is the fact that opinions and policies vary as to what, exactly, constitutes combat. Excerpts from speeches, interviews, military documents, and other primary sources are a major portion of the balanced narrative. One chapter offers a worldwide perspective on the issue, while another is an extensive chronology of people and events that have been part of the debate. Biographical sketches of 29 military women give credence to the arguments made in the text that women should be allowed to participate in combat, while two civilians who believe that women should remain out of combat situations are also profiled. A helping of pie charts, graphs, and tables illustrates many of the statistics cited in the narrative, and a chapter on governmental and nongovernmental organizations contains a wealth of information on, for example, veteran's organizations and museums. E-mail addresses and websites are listed for each entry. Researchers will appreciate the lengthy annotated list of print and non-print resources, definitive glossary, and extensive index. While background knowledge is essential to the use and understanding of this title, it will be a useful additional resource.—Eldon Younce, Anthony Public Library, KS

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781598844597
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/19/2011
Series:
Contemporary World Issues Series
Pages:
319
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
15 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Rosemarie Skaine, MA, is a sociologist and an award-winning author whose published works include Women of Afghanistan in the Post-Taliban Era: How Lives Have Changed and Where They Stand Today and Women Political Leaders in Africa.

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