The military as a vehicle for social integration

Henry Dietz, Jerrold Elkin, Maurice Roumani

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Abstract

Militaries since World War II and decolonization have come to play a major role in influencing the direction of societal development and in some cases supplanting civilian authorities altogether. One of these roles - the military as a vehicle for social integration - can best be discussed by formulating three basic questions: How (on a micro level) do young men and women who are conscripted or who enlist in military service become socialized and changed by their experience? Might these individual changes in the aggregate affect the larger civilian society? And might the civilian and military sectors come to reflect one another over time? The systemic focus almost inevitably raises the matter of the state, and regardless of whether one takes the side of the neo-Marxists or the non-Marxists, the literature on the state offers some useful leverage for analysis.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEthnicity, Integration And The Military
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Pages1-26
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)9780429690396
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2021

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