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Transforming Warriors : The Ritual Organization of Military Force (Hardcover)

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"This volume offers an inter-disciplinary study of how different cultures have sought to transform individuals into warriors. War changes people, however a less explored question is how different societies want people to change as they are turned into warriors. When societies go to war they recognize that a boundary is being crossed. The participants are expected to do things that are otherwise prohibited, or at least encompassed by different rules. This edited volume analyses how different cultures haveconceptualized the transformations of an individual passing from a peacetime to a wartime existence as an active warrior. Despite their differences, all societies grapple with the same question: How much of the individual's peace-self should be and can be retained in the state of war? The book explores cases such as the Nordic Berserkers, the Japanese Samurai, European Knights, as well as modern soldiers in Germany, Liberia, and Sweden. It shows that archaic and modern societies are more similar than we usually think: both kinds of societies use myths, symbols, and rituals to create warriors. Thus, this volume seeks to redefine theories of modernization and secularization. It shows that military organizations need to take myths, symbols and rituals seriously in order to create effective units. This book will be of much interest to students of military studies, war studies, sociology, religion and IR in general."--Provided by publisher.
Number of Pages: 240
Genre: History, Political Science
Sub-Genre: Military / General, International Relations / General, Political Freedom / International Security
Series Title: Cass Military Studies
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Language: English
Street Date: May 10, 2016
TCIN: 51240737
UPC: 9781138642836
Item Number (DPCI): 248-18-1594
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