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Becoming a Swedish military ranger: a grounded theory study
Swedish Defence University, Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership (ISSL), Ledarskapscentrum.
Karlstads universitet.
Swedish Defence University, Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership (ISSL), Ledarskapscentrum.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8274-6065
2016 (English)In: Norma, ISSN 1890-2138, E-ISSN 1890-2146, Vol. 11, no 1, 34-51 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The armed forces in virtually all countries are traditionally male-dominated organisations. Military rangers constitute an elite unit whose chief skills and capabilities centre on unconventional warfare and intelligence gathering in enemy territory, as well as conducting low-intensity warfare. The purpose of this study was to gain a deeper understanding of the process of becoming a military ranger and what it means to be one in this context from a masculinity perspective. The study was carried out with informants from three military ranger units in Sweden: the Army’s ranger battalion, parachuting rangers from an airborne battalion and intelligence battalion, and coastal rangers. In total, 28 informants participated in the study. All of them were men. A qualitative analysis resulted in a model where the core variable was labelled on becoming a ranger through reproducing masculinity as a form of emotional regime. This core variable is built up by three different strategies, each of which contains a number of actions: building social identity by means of coolness strategies, observing symbols and rituals to build a sense of pride and building cohesion to maintain group intimacy, and emotionally exclude the external environment

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2016. Vol. 11, no 1, 34-51 p.
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Gender Studies
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Ledarskap under påfrestande förhållanden
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-6496DOI: 10.1080/18902138.2016.1143291OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-6496DiVA: diva2:1064201
Available from: 2017-01-12 Created: 2017-01-12 Last updated: 2017-01-16Bibliographically approved

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