Military Families and War in the 21st Century
Edited by Rene Moelker, Manon Andres, Gary L. Bowen, Philippe Manigart
Routledge – 2015 – 272 pages
Series: Cass Military Studies
This book focuses on the key issues that affect military families when soldiers are deployed overseas, focusing on the support given to military personnel and families before, during and after missions.
Compared with the Cold War period, and to a lesser extent the era of mass armed forces, there is a greater need for today’s postmodern armies to provide social-psychological support both to their personnel in military operations abroad and to their families at home. Since the end of the Cold War and even more so after 9/11, there has been a multitude of missions carried out by multinational task forces all over the world for more or less extended periods. This implies more frequent separations between military personnel and their families.
The book focuses on three central questions affecting military families.First, how do changing missions and tasks of the military affect soldiers and families? This question relates to the way the armed forces seek to adapt their structure to the new missions and how military families cope with competing demands from military and private life. Second, what is the effect of deployments on the ones left behind? Psychologically, a deployment weighs heavily on families and deployed soldiers, who face separation, and therefore the stresses on the soldier and the military family are significant. Third, what is the national structure of family support systems and its evolution?
The book employs a multidisciplinary approach, with contributions from psychology, sociology, history, anthropology and others. At the same time it takes a multitude of perspectives such as the theoretical, empirical, reflective, life events (narrative) approach, national and the global, and uses approaches from different disciplines and perspectives, combining them to produce a volume that enhances our knowledge and understanding of military families. The volume covers all the services, Army, Navy/Marines, Air Force, and covers a wide range of different countries.
This book will be of much interest to students of military studies, sociology, war and conflict studies, and IR in general.
1.Introduction: Global Missions, Local Families, Manon ANDRES, René MOELKER, Gary BOWEN, and Philippe MANIGART Part I: Military Organizations and Families in Transition 2. Transitions in Greedy Institutions, the Original Concept and Its Applicability to Present Day Military Organizations, Karin De ANGELIS and Mady SEGAL 3. Organizational Culture and Military Families: the Case of Combat Officers in the IDF, Meytal ERAN-JONA 4. Quality of Life among Military Families: Spouses/Partners of Canadian Forces Members, Sanela DURSON 5. Investigating the Effect of Work and Family Conflict on Satisfaction, Camilla KYLIN and Charles KGOSANA 6. Serving Together: Dual Military Couples, David SMITH, Jocelyn V. BARTONE, and Paul T. BARTONE 7. Profession and Military Family in the Armed Forces of Argentina. Generational Differences and Socio-cultural Changes, Sabina FREDERIC and Laura MASSON Part II: Military Families under Stress 8. The Emotional Cycle of Deployment, Maren TOMFORDE 9. Stress, Wounds and Injuries, Shelley MACDERMID WADSWORTH and Rachel DEKEL 10. Children and Deployment, a Cross Country Comparison, Manon ANDRES and Julie COULTHARD 11. Virtual Support! New Media, Network Society and Military Families, Morten ENDER, René MOELKER and Delphine RESTEIGNE 12. Mariage, Reconciliation and Reintegration, Divorce, Manon ANDRES, Karin De ANGELIS, David McCONE and Wilbur SCOTT 13. Grieving Parents, Politics and Coping of Bereaved Family Members, Udi LEBEL and René MOELKER Part III: National Social-psychological Support to Families 14. Deployment Experiences of British Army Wives Before, During and After Deployment: Satisfaction with Military Life and Use of Support Networks, Christopher DANDEKER, Nicola FEAR, and Simon WESSELY 15. Community Capacity and Psychological Well-Being, Gary BOWEN and James MARTIN 16. Influence of Primary Social Environment on Members of the Slovenian Armed Forces, Jelena JUVAN and Janja VUGA 17. Social-Psychological Support to Families in Belgium. Institutional Support, Advantage and Shortcomings, Philippe MANIGART 18. Missions Abroad, Family at Home: From the Side of Those Abroad, Marina NUCIARI 19. The Impact of Organizational and National Cultures on ‘Military Family Support Systems’ in Turkish Armed Forces, Kadir VAROğLU and Yavuz ERCIL 20. Down Under, Support to Military Families from an Australian Perspective, Philip SIEBLER 21. Family Structure and the Japan Self-Defense Forces, Hitoshi KAWANO and Atsuko FUKUURA 22. Social-psychological Support to Military Families in South Korea, Byeong Jo KIM and Doo-Seung HONG 23. Epilogue, Manon ANDRES, René MOELKER, Gary BOWEN and Philippe MANIGART
Manon Andres is assistant professor at the Netherlands Defence Academy, Netherlands.
René Moelker is associate professor, Netherlands Defence Academy, Netherlands.
Gary L. Bowen is Kenan Distinguished Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA.
Philippe Manigart is Professor of Sociology, Royal Military Academy, Belgium.