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Handbook of the Sociology of the Military

  • Giuseppe Caforio
  • Marina Nuciari


  • Provides an update from the 1st edition of the sociological approach to the study of the military

  • Covers historical excursus of studies prior to contemporary research, interpretive models and theoretical approaches for the sociology of the military

  • Discusses documents on structural change within the military from various researchers at universities around the world as well as military officers


Part of the Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research book series (HSSR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. General Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Giuseppe Caforio
      Pages 3-7
    3. Giuseppe Caforio, Doo-Seung Hong
      Pages 9-31
  3. Theoretical and Methodological Orientations

  4. Armed Forces and Society

  5. Inside the Military

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 249-249
    2. Joseph Soeters
      Pages 251-272
    3. Giuseppe Caforio
      Pages 273-300

About this book


This new edition of the volume is presented on the wave of the success which had its first edition (2003). It is entirely updated to the current situation of the disciplines covered, and expanded with particular regard to the new missions, that have become the main challenge for the armed forces in these first decades of the new millennium, with new insights to technological development toward so-called cyborg warriors, new forms of leadership and changes in soldier's identity and organisational culture. It is compiled of documents coming from various researchers at universities around the world as well as military officers devoted to the sector of study. Covered in this volume is a historical excursus of studies prior to contemporary research, interpretive models and theoretical approaches developed specifically for this topic, civic-military relations including issues surrounding democratic control of the armed forces, military culture, professional training, conditions and problems of minorities in the armed forces, an examination of the structural change within the military over the years including new duties and functions following the Cold War.  


Study of the Military Models for Military Professions Military Sociology in the United States and Europe Organized Violence and the Military Military Mobilization Civil-Military Relations Public Trust in the Military Democratic Control of the Military Violence Experiences of Combat Soldiers Soldiers and Governments in Africa Organizaional Cultures in the Military Military Officer Education Change in Gendered Organisations Military Families LGBT Personnel in the Military

Editors and affiliations

  • Giuseppe Caforio
    • 1
  • Marina Nuciari
    • 2
  1. 1.Centro Interuniversitario di Studi e Ricerche Storico-miitariPisaItaly
  2. 2.Department of Economics and Social Sciences, Mathematics and Statistics (E.So.Ma.S.)State University of Torino ItalyTurinItaly

About the editors

Giuseppe Caforio was a professional officer of the Italian Army. Born in 1935 he served  untill his retirement in 1992, then devoting himself to social research on the military, as it is demonstrated by his scientific memberships and production untill his sudden death in 2015. Deputy President of the Italian Centro Interuniversitario di Studi Storico-Militari since 1984, founding member of ERGOMAS since 1986 and then ERGOMAS Board member and Coordinator of the Working Group on the Military Profession, in 1988 he became member of the IUS and of the RC01 of the ISA, where he served as President of the ISA RC01in 1998 since 2010, and as Board Member until his death. He organized more than ten international conferences and  participated with papers in more than one hundred seminars, congresses and conferences. He has 160 scientific publication (volumes, journal articles and essays, contributions in volumes and edited books), many of them translated into nine different languages.

Marina Nuciari is full professor of Sociology at the University of Torino, Italy, and professor of Military Sociology at the School for Strategic Studies, State University of Torino & Italian Army Academy. Founding member of the European Research Group On Military And Society (ERGOMAS), and  Chairperson of ERGOMAS 1992 – 1996; Member of the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society (IUS) , Chicago University (Chicago) since 1993 and of the International Sociological Association (ISA), Research Committee 01-Armed Forces and Conflict Resolution. Main fields of research activity:  Military sociology, with special reference to the military profession, changes in military organisations, adjustment to asymmetric  and CR operations; social change, development and modernisation, with special reference to African countries;  Crosscultural Studies in Management and Business;  Smart Cities, ICT and sustainable development. Author and co-author of some 90 publications in books, chapters, articles and edited volumes. 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Handbook of the Sociology of the Military
  • Editors Giuseppe Caforio
    Marina Nuciari
  • Series Title Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research
  • Series Abbreviated Title Hdb of Sociology,Social Research
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-71600-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-10082-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-71602-2
  • Series ISSN 1389-6903
  • Series E-ISSN 2542-839X
  • Edition Number 2
  • Number of Pages XIII, 650
  • Number of Illustrations 22 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Sociology, general
    Political Science
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