A social scientific agenda for the study of special operations forces

Eyal Ben-Ari, Jessica Glicken Turnley, Kobi Michael

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There is a veritable cottage industry of debates and discussions about the definitions of special operations forces (SOF). Some prefer formal, doctrinal definitions as a starting point for their analyses (Kadish et al. 2007; Last 2005a). Others focus on various categorizations centered on units labeled as ‘elite’, ‘special’, or ‘unconventional’ (to mention only a few) with criteria used for classification involving missions, training, or selection (Hellerman 2007; Horn 2004a, this volume; Jansen and Soeters this volume; Kiras 2010; Spulak 2007).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpecial Operations Forces in the 21st Century
Subtitle of host publicationPerspectives from the Social Sciences
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781351802680
ISBN (Print)9781138632622
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2017
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (all)
  • Social Sciences (all)


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