Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Theory and Background Field Theory as an Instrument for Operational Analysis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Håkan Gunneriusson
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    3. Håkan Gunneriusson
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    4. Håkan Gunneriusson
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  3. Empirical Example

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 49-49
    2. Håkan Gunneriusson
      Pages 63-73 Open Access
    3. Håkan Gunneriusson
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  4. Back Matter
    Pages 119-123

About this book


This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license.

This book uses Pierre Bourdieu’s field theory as a lens through which to examine military operations. Novel in its approach, this innovative text provides a better, more nuanced understanding of the modern ‘battlespace’, particularly in instances of prolonged low-intensity conflict. Formed in two parts, this book primarily explores the scope of Bourdien theory before secondly providing a detailed case study of the Yugoslavian succession war of 1990-1992. Gunneriusson suggests that although theories do not necessarily provide answers, they do help us ask better questions. This volume suggests news lines of interdisciplinary investigation that will be of interest to members of armed forces, practitioners from NGOs, and policymakers.


Open Access Effect Based Operations (EBO) Pierre Bourdieu Algeria Field theory Information warfare COIN Balkans Bosnia Slobodan Milošević Franjo Tudjman Yugoslavia Communism Serbia Alija Izetbegović PSYOPS Hybrid warfare Russia Kosovo Military Operational Analysis

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Military StudiesSwedish Defence UniversityStockholmSweden

About the authors

Håkan Gunneriusson is the Head of Research and Deputy Head of Land Operations Section, Department of Military Studies, Swedish Defense University (SEDU), Sweden. His research focus on hybrid warfare, military ground tactics, as well as sociological and historical perspectives on military tactics and culture.

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