A social scientific agenda for the study of special operations forces

Eyal Ben-Ari, Jessica Glicken Turnley, Kobi Michael

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Abstract

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
Pages285-301
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781351802680
ISBN (Print)9781138632622
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2017
Externally publishedYes

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