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Conforming One’s Conduct to Unwritten Rules Experiences of Female Military Personnel in a Male-Dominated Organization
Swedish Defence University, Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership (ISSL), Ledarskapscentrum.
2018 (English)In: Res Militaris, E-ISSN 2265-6294, Vol. 8, no 1, p. 1-25Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The Swedish Armed Forces have traditionally been exclusively male, and service in the cause of defending the country has until recently been the privilege of men. While the very first women entered the military 37 years ago, the military has so far failed to fully integrate women into the organization and promote gender equality. The object of this study is to probe servicewomen's meanings, identities, strategies and experiences in a male-dominated institution. For that purpose, a qualitative approach was chosen, and nine female members of the Swedish Armed Forces, from private to general, were interviewed. The rich empirical data on what it means and feels like today to serve as a female minority as part of unique culture emphasizing corporateness - on their attitudes, options, dilemmas, contradictions as well as the double binds imposed on them by the prevailing male orthodoxy - are analyzed and discussed in light of Pierre Bourdieu's theoretical concepts : cultural capital, habitus, masculine domination and symbolic violence.

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2018. Vol. 8, no 1, p. 1-25
Keywords [en]
Swedish Armed Forces ; gender relations ; servicewomen's experiences ; male domination ; career paths ; leadership ; meanings ; identities ; strategies ; double binds.
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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Ledarskap under påfrestande förhållanden
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-8198OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-8198DiVA, id: diva2:1257441
Available from: 2018-10-21 Created: 2018-10-21 Last updated: 2018-11-12Bibliographically approved

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