Cultural Diversity in the Armed Forces: An International Comparison

TitleCultural Diversity in the Armed Forces: An International Comparison
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2007
Series EditorSoeters, Joseph L., and Jan van der Meulen
Number of Pages217
PublisherRoutledge
CityLondon; New York
Abstract

This book addresses the different ways in which armed forces around the world respond to the cultural diversity of their parent societies, ethnicity and gender in particular, in order to enhance their quality and legitimacy. 

In some countries, the armed forces have a long history in responding to ethnic diversity, while elsewhere it has come up only recently as a policy issue. An even-handed representation of ethnic minorities in the military is recognized as crucial for enhancing its social legitimacy and professional quality. The same can be said about the integration of women in the military, which during a few decades across the board has grown into more than just another issue of personnel policies. Indeed with regard to gender, the symbolism and sensitivities surrounding core identities are at stake - as with the presence of gays and lesbians in the military. Written by experts in the field, the chapters cover fourteen countries around the world: the USA, Canada, Bolivia, Ecuador, Brazil, South-Africa, Eritrea, India, Israel, Great Britain, France, Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands. Taken together, the armed forces of these countries offer a fascinating mix of similarities and differences in the ways they try to manage cultural diversity.

Short TitleCultural Diversity in the Armed Forces
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