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HONOUR AND CONTRACTS: CONTRADICTIONS IN MILITARY COMMAND

Joseph L. Tropea (The George Washington University.)

International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy

ISSN: 0144-333X

Article publication date: 1 April 1984

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Abstract

Interrelated conflict and transformation are associated with post World War II U.S. military. Conflicts within the command structure are depicted by military officers in their writings. Transformation, characterised by military sociologists as a process of “civilianisation,” has informed understanding over the past few decades. However, neither the officer‐writers‘ “close‐up” perspective nor, in retrospect, the sociologists’ sanguine formulations effectively interrelate structural transformation and conflicts in command. In this respect, these literatures suggest relevant analogies: officer‐writers reflect existential crisis not unlike many traditional peoples experiencing consequences of externally induced economic change; sociological characterisations of “civilianisation,” like those of “modernisation,” fail to account for adverse and conflictual consequences of such “development”. Both the “crisis in command” and sociological failures to explicate it may be related to political economy's transformation of the military. That is the argument entailed in this article.

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Tropea, J.L. (1984), "HONOUR AND CONTRACTS: CONTRADICTIONS IN MILITARY COMMAND", International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Vol. 4 No. 4, pp. 1-15. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb012970

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