Sociology and Military Studies: Classical and Current Foundations (Cass Military Studies)

Sociology and Military Studies: Classical and Current Foundations (Cass Military Studies)

By: Joseph Soeters (author)Paperback

Only 1 in stock

£26.99 RRP £29.99  You save £3.00 (10%) With FREE Saver Delivery


This book examines the connection between sociology and the challenges faced by the modern military. Military sociology has received little attention in the broader academic world, and is mostly focused on civil-military relations. This book seeks to address this gap and combines ideas, theories and insights from sociology's founding authors, with each chapter focusing on a specific thinker. There are chapters on Max Weber, Emile Durkheim, Karl Marx, Georg Simmel, Jane Addams, W. E. B. Du Bois, Erving Goffman, Michel Foucault, Morris Janowitz, Norbert Elias, Cornelis Lammers, Arlie Russell Hochschild, Cynthia Enloe and Bruno Latour, and each essay discusses their ideas and theories in relation to topics that are of concern in and around the military today. Military studies are taken in a broad sense here, so the volume encompasses a wide range of issues, including civil-military relations, military-political affairs, performance and outcomes of military operations, and organizational arrangements including technology and the composition, performance and well-being of personnel. The book intends to provide views and insights that will help the military to innovate their organizations and practices, not necessarily in the usual functional way of innovating (i.e. faster, more precise, etc.) but in a broader way. This book will be of great interest to students of sociology, military studies, civil-military relations, war and conflict studies, and IR in general.

About Author

Joseph Soeters is Professor of Organizational Sociology at Tilburg University, the Netherlands. He is the author/editor of numerous works, including co-editor of Routledge Handbook of Research Methods in Military Studies (Routledge, 2014,) and Military Cooperation in Multinational Peace Operations (Routledge, 2008), and author of Ethnic Conflict and Terrorism (Routledge 2005).


Prologue Introduction 1. Max Weber: bureaucracy, leadership and military music 2. Emile Durkheim: the military group, culture and its consequences 3. Karl Marx: critical analyses of society and the military 4. George Simmel: networks, conflict, secrecy and the stranger 5. Jane Addams: from peace activism to pragmatic peace keeping 6. W.E.B. Dubois: race, diversity and inclusion, in society and the military 7. Erving Goffman: Total Institutions, interaction rituals, street level bureaucrats 8. Michel Foucault: discipline and surveillance in and by the military 9. Morris Janowitz: the professional soldier, civil-military relations and the AVF 10. Norbert Elias: decline of violence, habitus in combat, international relations 11. Cornelis Lammers: strikes and mutinies, occupational and administrative styles, isomorphism and cooperation 12. Arlie Russell Hochschild: emotions in organizations, and in the military 13. Cynthia Enloe: feminist views of the military and its surroundings 14. Bruno Latour: science and technology in society and the military 15. From the classics to the future in military studies: conclusions, themes and prospects

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781138739536
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 218
  • ID: 9781138739536
  • weight: 364
  • ISBN10: 1138739537

Delivery Information

  • Saver Delivery: Yes
  • 1st Class Delivery: Yes
  • Courier Delivery: Yes
  • Store Delivery: Yes

Prices are for internet purchases only. Prices and availability in WHSmith Stores may vary significantly