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Mastering Soldiers : Conflict, Emotions and the Enemy in an Israeli Military Unit - Eyal Ben-Ari

Mastering Soldiers

Conflict, Emotions and the Enemy in an Israeli Military Unit

Hardcover Published: 30th December 2014
ISBN: 9781571811455
Number Of Pages: 160

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Studies of the military that deal with the actual experience of troops in the field are still rare in the social sciences. In fact, this ethnographic study of an elite unit in the Israeli Defense Force is the only one of its kind. As an officer of this unit and a professional anthropologist, the author was ideally positioned for his role as participant observer. During the eight years he spent with his unit he focused primarily on such notions as "conflict", "the enemy", and "soldiering" because they are, he argues, the key points of reference for "what we are" and "what we are trying to do" and form the basis for interpreting the environment within which armies operate. Relying on the latest anthropological approaches to cognitive models and the social constructions of emotion and masculinity, the author offers an in-depth analysis of the dynamics that drive the men's attitudes and behavior, and a rare and fascinating insight into the reality of military life.

"The insight into soldiers' language a an expression of their understanding of soldiering, citizenship, and manhood that [this book] allows, and the inspiration for further inquiry, are ... valuable." * H-Net Reviews (H-War)

Introductionp. 1
Interlude 1. The Tenor of Military Languagep. 11
The Military, Anthropology and Organizational Culturep. 15
Interlude 2: Camaraderie and Fellowshipp. 24
The Unit: An Infantry Battalionp. 27
Interlude 3: Action, Fear and Fighting Menp. 31
A Model of Combat: Soldiering and Emotional Controlp. 33
Interlude 4: In the Fieldp. 50
The Model in Use: The Battalion and Other Unitsp. 51
Interlude 5: Soldiering the Intifadap. 72
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ISBN: 9781571811455
ISBN-10: 1571811451
Series: New Directions in Anthropology , V. 10
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 30th December 2014
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.36