The word of command: communication and cohesion in the military

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The word of command: communication and cohesion in the military

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dc.contributor.author King, Anthony en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2009-05-15T13:47:51Z en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2011-01-25T10:54:26Z en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2013-03-20T14:26:39Z
dc.date.issued 2006-07 en_GB
dc.description.abstract Military sociologists have attempted to explain how military institutions develop and maintain high levels of social cohesion. They have focused primarily on how the personal and intimate social interactions between soldiers produce bonds of comradeship. This comradeship is taken as the basis of social cohesion. Although sustainable, there is an unfortunate bias in the work of military sociologists. They focus almost exclusively on informal rituals in which personal bonds are forged. In fact, the decisive rituals that bind military groups together are the formal processes of training. Drawing on ethnographic analysis of the British armed forces and the Royal Marines, in particular, this article attempts to redress the balance. It examines the drills—above all, the communication drills—that British troops are collectively trained to perform and claims that these constitute the key social rituals for the British military. On the basis of this analysis, an alternative account of comradeship is proposed en_GB
dc.identifier.citation 32(4), pp.493-512 en_GB
dc.identifier.doi 10.1177/0095327X05283041 en_GB
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10036/68355 en_GB
dc.language.iso en en_GB
dc.publisher SAGE Publications en_GB
dc.relation.url http://afs.sagepub.com/content/vol32/issue4/ en_GB
dc.relation.url http://afs.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/32/4/493 en_GB
dc.subject Social cohesion en_GB
dc.subject Primary groups en_GB
dc.subject Communication en_GB
dc.subject Royal Marines en_GB
dc.title The word of command: communication and cohesion in the military en_GB
dc.type Article en_GB
dc.date.available 2009-05-15T13:47:51Z en_GB
dc.date.available 2011-01-25T10:54:26Z en_US
dc.date.available 2013-03-20T14:26:39Z
dc.identifier.issn 0095-327X en_GB
dc.description © 2006 by Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society. en_GB
dc.identifier.eissn 1556-0848 en_GB
dc.identifier.journal Armed Forces & Society en_GB


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