By Gerhard Kümmel

The contributions to this anthology in honor of the past due army sociologist J??rgen Kuhlmann specialize in the soldier and his kinfolk in the direction of the defense force and in the direction of society. This person - association and person - society nexus is explored from various angles through diverse nationwide and foreign contexts. The chapters to this quantity therefore support the educational in addition to the practitioner and the reader to higher comprehend the dynamics and the serious concerns during this soldier - army - society triangle.

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Kirke, Charles (2000): A Model for the Analysis of Fighting Spirit in the British Army. ): The British Army, Manpower and Society into the Twenty-First Century. London: Frank Cass, 227–241. Kirke, Charles (2002): Social Structures in the Regular Combat Arms Units of the British Army: A Model. Unpublished PhD Thesis. Cranfield University. Kuper, Adam (1977): The Social Anthropology of Radcliffe-Brown. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul. Labaree, Robert, V. (2002): The Risk of ‘Going Observationalist’: Negotiating the Hidden Dilemmas of Being an Insider Participant Observer.

They are familiarized with military values like obedience, discipline, loyalty, bravery and willingness to make sacrifices. Furthermore, signs of (hyper-)masculinity, sense of friendly comradeship as well as conduct according to the norms play a central role (see also Rohall/Ender/Matthews 2006: 61; Titunik 2000: 240). Thus, soldiers run through a special kind of socialization which clearly differs from the civilian side regarding values, norms and behavior. During the mission abroad the socialization as a soldier on deployment rather takes place on the informal than on the formal level.

M. m. m. hours. During these long duty hours, however, it is often possible to do sports or go to the hairdresser in the camp. Through the ‘short distances’, the typical daily routines of ‘getting up – breakfast – lining up – duty – lunch – duty – supper – calling home – sports/ TV/recreational facilities – bedtime’ and all the familiar faces life in the camp can become very monotonous and dull in the long run. On top of this, as a rule, daily routines in a mission stay within very manageable limits.

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