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Transforming warriors: the ritual organization of military force
Swedish Defence University, Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership (ISSL), Division of Strategy.
Stockholms universitet.
2016 (English)Collection (editor) (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

War changes people, however a less explored question is how different societies want people to change as they are turned into warriors. When societies go to war they recognize that a boundary is being crossed. The participants are expected to do things that are otherwise prohibited, or at least governed by different rules. This edited volume analyses how different cultures have conceptualized the transformations of an individual passing from a peacetime to a wartime existence to become an active warrior. Despite their differences, all societies grapple with the same question: how much of the individual’s peace-self should be and can be retained in the state of war? The book explores cases such as the Nordic berserkers, the Japanese samurai, and European knights, as well as modern soldiers in Germany, Liberia, and Sweden. It shows that archaic and modern societies are more similar than we usually think: both kinds of societies use myths, symbols, and rituals to create warriors. Thus, this volume seeks to redefine theories of modernization and secularization. It shows that military organizations need to take myths, symbols, and rituals seriously in order to create effective units.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Routledge, 2016. , 240 p.
Keyword [en]
Military sociology, rituals, social theory. modernity
National Category
Sociology
Research subject
Krigsvetenskap
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-6484ISBN: 9781138642836 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-6484DiVA: diva2:1064033
Funder
Futurum - Academy for Health and Care, Jönköping County Council, Sweden
Available from: 2017-01-11 Created: 2017-01-11 Last updated: 2017-01-13Bibliographically approved

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