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Peacekeepers and Their Wives: American Participation in the Multinational Force and Observers / Edition 1

Peacekeepers and Their Wives: American Participation in the Multinational Force and Observers / Edition 1


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313274848
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/30/1993
Series: Contributions in Military Studies Series , #14
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)
Lexile: 1430L (what's this?)

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 books—The 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 Politics—as 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

The Return

Paratroopers' Wives

Lightfighters' Wives

Peacekeeping in the Post-Cold War World

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