Sociology Index

Military Sociology

Military sociology covers the impact of the military on society and the impact of society on the military and contemporary military issues, situations, and problems using a sociological perspective. In military sociology the military is researched as a social institution. Military sociology researches the sociological concepts, principles, and theories used in the study of the military. Military sociology is the scientific method to the study of the military from a sociological perspective.

The reason for interdisciplinarity lies in the simple truth that the military is a highly complex social phenomenon that cuts through various levels, touches several different contexts, and is thus subject to multiple processes of interpretation. - Kummel.

Using sociological concepts, theories, and methods, we can analyze both the internal organization and practices of the armed forces and the relationships between the military and social institutions. To understand the military and its place in society, it is necessary to consider the historical forces that have shaped the present. Examine past events and policies as well as current ones. Experts in military sociology and military history disagree on many important points. They disagree because the world of war is open to interpretation. Sometimes different interpretations result from the weight of evidence favoring one view or the other. Which counts more, for example, organization or technology? Who wins, those with the greater numbers, or those who strike first? Sometimes, different views result from incomplete descriptions. Descriptions of one and the same battle frequently include some details and exclude others, according to which writer you read.

Military Sociology Journals

Journal of political and military sociology - JPMS set high standards of scholarship and excellence. At the same time, over the years the JPMS has been fortunate to have the professional support of some of the leading scholars in the fields of political and military sociology. Since its founding in 1973, the Journal of political and military sociology has helped to generate scholarly interest in political and military sociology by seeking to advance and disseminate social science knowledge in these sub-fields and other areas in social sciences. By combining the two areas of political and military sociology into one journal, the JPMS has brought together a number of scholars with differing perspectives into the evaluation process of manuscripts.

Military Sociology Abstracts

The state's contribution to social order in national societies: Somalia as an illustrative case - Satoshi Kanazawa & Debra Friedman - Journal of Political & Military Sociology.

A mistaken consensus has emerged, since Axelrod's work in 1984, that because co-operation in dyads and small groups is possible without state involvement, social order is possible without it. "Our argument involves somewhat of a paradox: coercive intervention of a central state is necessary to produce and maintain social order precisely because co-operation within groups is possible without it". This can be illustrated by Somalia's clan-based society, in which lower-level stability is achieved at the cost of societal chaos.

Political Violence and Military Sociology.
Violence is a common means used by people and governments around the world to achieve political goals. Many groups and individuals believe that their political systems will never respond to their political demands. As a result they believe that violence is not only justified but also necessary in order to achieve their political objectives. By the same token, many governments around the world believe they need to use violence in order to intimidate their populace into acquiescence. At other times, governments use force in order to defend their country from outside invasion or other threats of force. Political violence is used by citizens, groups, or governments in different contexts.

Trust and fraud: occupation and resistance in Norway, 1940-1945. Klas Borell - Journal of Political & Military Sociology - Examines the Rinnan group's approach to infiltrating resistance movements in Nazi-occupied Norway. Associate professor of sociology at Mid-Sweden University, Ostersund. The fraudster's ordinary practice of ingratiation and establishing credentials is here dressed up in the sociological jargon of 'dramaturgical methods' and 'tactical trust-building'.

Examining the importance of organizational supports on family adjustment to Army life in a period of increasing separation. David E Rohall, Mady Wechsler Segal & David R Segal - Journal of Political & Military Sociology
Analysis of two Patriot missile battery deployments shows how the post-Cold War increase in operational tempo can damage morale through diminished family life and togetherness.

The Moskos institution-occupation model: effects on individual work related perceptions and experiences in the military. Fiona Alpass (et al) - Journal of Political & Military Sociology - Analysis of a New Zealand army personnel sample suggests a limited relevance of Charles Moskos' categorization to matters of job satisfaction, psychological well-being and physical health. - Massey University, New Zealand.

The 1992 coup attempts in Venezuela: causes and failure. Sergei Baburkin (et al) - Journal of Political and Military Sociology
The record of Col Hugo Chavez in the coup attempts of 1992 may yet return to haunt him during his presidency. Associate professor of contemporary history and politics at the Yaroslavl Pedagogical University, Russia.

Books On Military Sociology

Blue & Gold And Black: Racial Integration of the U.S. Naval Academy (Military History Series) by Robert J., Jr. Schneller Book

The Warrior Ethos: Military Culture and the War on Terror by Christop Coker

Following the Flag: Marriage and the Modern Military by Betty L. Alt (Hardcover Book)

Handbook of the Sociology of the Military (Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research) by Giuseppe Caforio

Your Military Family Network: Your Connection to Military Friendly Businesses

Camp All-American, Hanoi Jane, and the High-and-Tight : Gender, Folklore, Changing Military Culture Carol Burke

New Directions In Military Sociology Book by Eric Ouellet (Editor)

The Sociology of the Military (International Library of Critical Writings in Sociology) Book by Giuseppe Caforio (Editor)

Killing Ground : The Civil War and the Changing American Landscape Book by John Huddleston

The British Army in the West Indies: Society and the Military in the Revolutionary Age Book by Roger Norman Buckley

Obeying Orders: Atrocity, Military Discipline & the Law of War Book by Mark Osiel, Mark J. Osiel

The Military and Militarism in Israeli Society (S U N Y Series in Israeli Studies)
Book by Edna Lomsky-Feder (Editor), Eyal Ben-Ari (Editor)

The Military and Conflict Between Cultures: Soldiers at the Interface (Texas a & M University Military History Series) Book by James C. Bradford (Editor)

Breaking Ranks: Social Change in Military Communities Book by Christopher Jessup

A Question of Loyalty: Military Manpower Policy in Multiethnic States (Cornell Studies in Security Affairs) Book by Alon Peled

Army, Industry and Labour in Germany, 1914-1918 (Legacy of the Great War)
Book by Gerald Feldman

War and Society in 20th Century France Book by Michael Scriven (Editor), Peter Wagstaff (Editor)

The Martial Metropolis : U.S. Cities in War and Peace Book by Roger W. Lotchin

Beyond Zero Tolerance Book by Mary Fainsod Katzenstein

Sex Among Allies Book by Katharine H. S. Moon

Army of Hope, Army of Alienation: Culture and Contradiction in the American Army Communities of Cold War Germany Book by John P. Hawkins

War and Society in Europe 1870-1970 (War and European Society) Book by Brian Bond

Military System and Social Life in Old Regime Prussia, 1713-1807: The Beginnings of the Social Militarization of Prusso-German Society (Studies in German Histories)
Book by Otto Busch, John G. Gagliardo (Translator)

World Military Leaders Book by Mostafa Rejai, Kay Phillips

The Tainted War : Culture and Identity in Vietnam War Narratives (Contributions in Military Studies) Book by Lloyd B. Lewis

The Adaptive Military: Armed Forces in a Turbulent World, Second Edition
Book by James Burk (Editor)

Developing Team Cohesion: A Quasi-Field Experiment.