Developments within the Military Profession I

Wednesday, 18 July 2018: 15:30-17:20
RC01 Armed Forces and Conflict Resolution (host committee)

Language: English

As argued by Norbert Elias more than half a century ago, the military profession has always undergone change. Accordingly, this session aims to show the significance of these changes and the prospects of renewing the military profession. Moskos’ Institutional/Occupational drift model brought forth much research in terms of the effect that the shift to an all-volunteer force had on the military profession and institution. This session hopes to solicit papers beyond this debate. Papers are invited to address the following topics: How have societal changes affected the identity and standards of the military profession and officer corps? How does public opinion influence the military profession? What is the connection between societal change, institutional change and the military profession? What effect is the privatisation of security having on the military profession? How is technological change influencing the profession? While many of these question are not new, what is certain is that the armed forces are undergoing fundamental change. What this session hopes to achieve is to solicit more robust sociological engagement with these issues.
Session Organizers:
Morten BRAENDER, Aarhus University, Denmark, Martin ELBE, Bundeswehr Center for Military History and Social Sciences, Germany and Lindy HEINECKEN, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
Oral Presentations
Joseph SOETERS, Dept. Organization Studies; Tilburg University, Netherlands
From Military Profession, to NO Profession: The Plight of Former White Military Veterans
Lindy HEINECKEN, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa; Rialize FERREIRA, University of South Africa (UNISA), Pretoria., South Africa
The Power of Experience? Innovative and Authoritative Leadership Values Among Army Cadets
Morten BRAENDER, Aarhus University, Denmark; Vilhelm HOLSTING, Royal Danish Defence College, Denmark
Flip the Coin – Explaining the Synchronicity of Institution and Occupation Using the Example of the German Bundeswehr
Martin ELBE, Bundeswehr Center for Military History and Social Sciences, Germany; Nina LEONHARD, Bundeswehr Center for Military History and Social Sciences, Germany
Professionalism Journey of the Turkish Military before and after the July 15 Attempted Coup
Unsal SIGRI, Baskent University, Turkey; Kadir VAROGLU, Baskent University, Turkey
Taking the Middle Ground: UK Reservists As Depoliticised Ideological Actors
Antonia DAWES, London School of Economics, United Kingdom; Tim EDMUNDS, University of Bristol, United Kingdom; Paul HIGATE, University of Bath, United Kingdom; Rachel WOODWARD, Newcastle University, UK, United Kingdom; K. JENKINGS, Newcastle University, United Kingdom
Distributed Papers
Military Identity in French Air Force : A Paradoxical Trend to the Militarization
Christophe PAJON, French Air Force Academy - Ecole de l'Air, France