Researching the Military focuses on the experiences of researchers who study the military around the world.

It explores the historical, social, institutional and personal factors that frame research and scrutinize the way knowledge in this area impacts society and policy. More than merely analyzing research experiences (yet necessarily including them), it is also about the experiences of researchers, their position with regard to the object of their studies, the institutional context where they work and the way their research impacts the academic and policy-making fields in the respective countries. The common theme to the various chapters is reflexivity, a conscious effort at addressing the conditions of research and the position of the researcher and the research participants in that interface. By collecting diverse experiences of researchers from across the world, this volume aims to enhance reflexivity in the field of military studies and to encourage the exchange of knowledge between the academic field and the military arena.

This book will be of much interest to students of military studies, research methods, sociology, social anthropology and security studies, in general.

chapter 2|13 pages

What is worthy of study about the military?

The sociology of militaries-in-use in current-day conflicts

chapter 5|11 pages

Researching military geographies

chapter 6|13 pages

Irregular anthropology

Researching for the military

chapter 7|7 pages

Interviewing the Brazilian military

Reflections on a research experience

chapter 9|12 pages

Ethnography is a kind of flight

Experience-near methods in researching A-4B pilots of the Malvinas–Falklands war 1

chapter 10|12 pages

An ethnographic research in the military field

Rethinking academic autonomy in the study of the exodus of junior military personnel in Argentina

chapter 14|15 pages

Women researching the military

The researcher–researched relationship through a gender sensitive perspective 1

chapter 15|16 pages

Linked lives in military sociology

Family, research, teaching and policy

chapter |8 pages