Becoming a Swedish military ranger: a grounded theory study
2016 (English)In: Norma, ISSN 1890-2138, E-ISSN 1890-2146, Vol. 11, no 1, 34-51 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. Vol. 11, no 1, 34-51 p.
Research subject Ledarskap under påfrestande förhållanden
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-6496DOI: 10.1080/18902138.2016.1143291OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-6496DiVA: diva2:1064201