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Full-Spectrum Social Science for a Broader View on Cohesion
Swedish Defence University, Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership (ISSL), Division of Strategy.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0462-6679
Swedish Defence University, Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership (ISSL), Division of Strategy.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5711-4354
2019 (English)In: Armed forces and society, ISSN 0095-327X, E-ISSN 1556-0848Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

In October 2018, Armed Forces & Society published a special issue dedicated to broadening the perspective on military cohesion from the narrow focus on 20th and 21st Western state militaries and the microlevel. The special issue emphasized the need for a theoretical and methodological broadening of the study of cohesion: In order to understand the majority of armed groups in the world, it is necessary to investigate macro- and mesolevel preconditions of microlevel cohesion. Such preconditions include the existence of states, nations, and modern military organization. These are specific to modern, Western contexts, and rarely feature in historical or non-Western cases. In many cases, investigating these preconditions requires qualitative methods. In a critical response, Siebold contested some of the arguments of the special issue, claiming that our argument was exaggerated and our methodologies inadequate. In this reply, we seek to clarify some of the issues and arguments at stake.

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Sage Publications, 2019.
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cohesion, Eurocentrism, military cohesion, sociology, social science
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Sociology
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Krigsvetenskap
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-8793DOI: 10.1177/0095327X19841669OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-8793DiVA, id: diva2:1366995
Available from: 2019-10-31 Created: 2019-10-31 Last updated: 2020-01-09Bibliographically approved

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