Developments within the Military Profession II

Thursday, 19 July 2018: 10:30-12:20
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 issu
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
Morten BRAENDER, Aarhus University, Denmark
Oral Presentations
The Dynamics of Skills – an Epistemological Study of Military Professionalism in Situations When Rules Clash
Lotta VICTOR TILLBERG, Royal Institute of Technology, Swedish Centre for Studies of Armed Forces and Society, Stockholm, Sweden
Institutional Representations and Professional Aspirations of Cadets in Portuguese Military Academies
Luis MALHEIRO, IUM, Portugal; Fernando BESSA, Guarda Nacional Republicana, Portugal; Helena CARREIRAS, Instituto Universitario de Lisboa, Portugal; Patricia AVILA, ISCTE, Portugal
Military Education and an Emerging Transnational Profession of Arms
David LAST, Royal Military College of Canada, Canada; David LAST, Royal Military College of Canada, Canada
Implementing a New Basic Military Training
Johan OSTERBERG, Swedish Defense University, Sweden; Eva JOHANSSON, swedish defence university, Sweden
The Training of a Comprehensive Self in Military Education and Culture
Anne ROELSGAARD OBLING, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark