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Culture and the Soldier

Identities, Values, and Norms in Military Engagements

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Culture and the Soldier

Identities, Values, and Norms in Military Engagements

Countries have instituted policies to make their armed forces more inclusive, and soldiers now undergo cultural awareness training before seeing active duty. Policy makers and military organizations agree that culture is important. But what does “culture” mean in practice, and how is it important? Culture and the Soldier answers these questions by examining how culture both shapes the military and can be wielded by it, to good or ill effect. Through case studies from Europe and North America, this volume offers provocative insights into how culture can be deployed to improve armed forces at home and in military engagements abroad.

248 pages


Table of Contents

Preface / H. Christian Breede

1 Introduction: The Culture Puzzle / H. Christian Breede

Part 1: Culture as a Force on the Military

2 Two (War) Solitudes: Anglophone and Francophone Shaping of War in Canada / Stéphanie A.H. Bélanger

3 Dancing around Gender: Changing Identity in Canada’s Post-Deschamps Military / Vanessa Brown and Alan Okros

4 Shaped by Loss: Culture and Casualties in Canada / James R. McKay

Part 2: Culture as a Factor in Military Operations

5 The Sources of Nonlinear Warfare: Media Manipulation and the Cultivation of Fear / Pierre Jolicoeur and Frédéric Labarre

6 A Secure Impression: Using Image as a Strategic Communication Tool / Iryna Lysychkina

7 Military Culture and Humanitarian Actions: Short-Term Gains and Long-Term Losses / Robert A. Rubinstein and Corri Zoli

8 Connected and Alone: Cultural Dislocation as Trauma / Andrew Belyea

9 Schoolhouses and COCOMs: Educating and Cultivating the American-Led International Fraternity of the Uniform / Joel J. Sokolsky and Shaohan Lin

10 Taking It SLO: Leveraging Local Support during Military Engagements / H. Christian Breede

11 Conclusion: Analytical Challenges Linked to Military Culture in Multinational Settings / Stéfanie von Hlatky

Index

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