By Gerhard Kümmel, Giuseppe Caforio, Christopher Dandeker
The contributions to this anthology in honor of the past due army sociologist Jürgen Kuhlmann concentrate on the soldier and his kin in the direction of the militia and in the direction of society. This person - association and person - society nexus is explored from diversified angles via diverse nationwide and overseas contexts. The chapters to this quantity therefore support the tutorial in addition to the practitioner and the reader to higher comprehend the dynamics and the serious matters during this soldier - army - society triangle.
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Extra resources for Armed Forces, Soldiers and Civil-Military Relations: Essays in Honor of Jürgen Kuhlmann
It turned out that informal group norms are of great significance also and in particular among fellows in theater. ” (Soeters/Winslow/Weibull 2003: 243) The informal activities in the private relaxation areas establish social cohesion among the fellow-soldiers. Here, stories, anecdotes and jokes are told and spread among the soldiers. The humor typical for groups of soldiers and the storytelling interrupt the monotonous reality and make it more bearable (see also BenAri/Sion 2005: 657). Moreover, the subtle humor helps regulate the relations within the group, constitutes and maintains internal and external groups as well as resolves hostility among kindred spirits (Ben-Ari/Sion 2005: 667; Mulkay 1988: 134).
For most troops, the unit/company constitutes something like a ‘substitute family’ during deployment. The members get their (nick-)names and are integrated into the group, they are embedded in the ‘system of relationships’ of the Bundeswehr. “A home away from home” is created in the true sense of the word and symbolized by the changed name tags (Winslow 1997: 70). Moreover, in addition to the ISAF, EUFOR, or KFOR logos on the shirt sleeves, company-specific patches with a logo especially designed for the contingent are worn.
The fear of revealing personal information within the hierarchical context of the Bundeswehr, the fear of gossip, and the fear of jeopardizing one’s career by possible weaknesses on deployment prevent many soldiers from establishing close ties of friendship during a mission. It is rather regular contacts with their families back home that are important to them. Although friendly relations among fellow soldiers are very important during deployments and many servicemembers enjoy them (again), their fellow-soldiers also constitute an omnipresent controlling body within the camp.
Armed Forces, Soldiers and Civil-Military Relations: Essays in Honor of Jürgen Kuhlmann by Gerhard Kümmel, Giuseppe Caforio, Christopher Dandeker