Military Culture: Change and Continuity


Dunivin, Karen O. 1994. "Military Culture: Change and Continuity." Armed Forces & Society 20 (4): 531--47.

Author: Karen O. Dunivin


Social scientists commonly use three interrelated concepts--ideal types, models, and paradigms--to study and explain social phenomena (e.g., poverty, crime, culture, and change). This article uses these theoretical concepts to examine both change and continuity in the American military culture. At the risk of oversimplification, the article 1) briefly describes the three concepts; 2) applies each to the current American military culture; and 3) examines how the military's dominant "paradigm" conflicts with its evolving "model" of culture. First, it is important to establish the conceptual framework or analysis.

Topics: Combatants, Gender, Masculinity/ies, Military Forces & Armed Groups, Militaries Regions: Americas, North America Countries: United States of America

Year: 1994

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