Peacekeepers and Their Wives: American Participation in the Multinational Force and Observers / Edition 1 available in Hardcover
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David and Mady Segal analyze the adaptation of American soldiers assigned to the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) in the Sinai Desert in support of the Camp David Accords, in the context of the evolution of multinational peacekeeping forces as mechanisms for achieving international security. The reactions of soldiers and their wives to the peacekeeping assignment are considered from the perspective of the social construction of reality, in which the role of the military has been defined as war-fighting. The press has ignored peacekeeping until very recently, and it falls to military organizations, to soldiers and their families, to make sense of the mission. Lessons learned from the Sinai MFO experience should be used to help U.S. troops better prepare for their increasing role in multinational peacekeeping.
About the Author
DAVID R. SEGAL is Professor of Sociology and of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland. He has written or edited six booksThe Transformation of European Communist Societies, Recruiting for Uncle Sam, Life in the Rank and File, The All-Volunteer Force, The Social Psychology of Military Service, and Society and Politicsas well as many articles for scholarly and academic journals.
MADY WECHSLER SEGAL is Professor of Sociology and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies at the University of Maryland./e She has published many articles in such journals as Social Science Quarterly, Defense Analysis, and Armed Forces & Society.
Table of Contents
The Evolution of Peacekeeping as a Military Mission
The History of Multinational Peacekeeping
The Middle East: Crucible of Peacekeeping
The Social Construction of Peacekeeping
Research on Soldiers in the Sinai MFO
Predeployment Adjustment to Peacekeeping
Paratroopers in the Desert
Lightfighters in the Desert
Peacekeeping in the Post-Cold War World