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Routledge Handbook of Research Methods in Military Studies

Edited by: Joseph Soeters , Patricia M. Shields , Sebastiaan Rietjens

Print publication date:  June  2014
Online publication date:  June  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415635332
eBook ISBN: 9780203093801
Adobe ISBN: 9781136203312

10.4324/9780203093801
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This volume offers an overview of the methodologies of research in the field of military studies.

As an institution relying on individuals and resources provided by society, the military has been studied by scholars from a wide range of disciplines: political science, sociology, history, psychology, anthropology, economics and administrative studies. The methodological approaches in these disciplines vary from computational modelling of conflicts and surveys of military performance, to the qualitative study of military stories from the battlefield and veterans experiences. Rapidly developing technological facilities (more powerful hardware, more sophisticated software, digitalization of documents and pictures) render the methodologies in use more dynamic than ever.

The Routledge Handbook of Research Methods in Military Studies offers a comprehensive and dynamic overview of these developments as they emerge in the many approaches to military studies. The chapters in this Handbook are divided over four parts: starting research, qualitative methods, quantitative methods, and finalizing a study, and every chapter starts with the description of a well-published study illustrating the methodological issues that will be dealt with in that particular chapter. Hence, this Handbook not only provides methodological know-how, but also offers a useful overview of military studies from a variety of research perspectives.

This Handbook will be of much interest to students of military studies, security and war studies, civil-military relations, military sociology, political science and research methods in general.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Getting Access to the Field Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Getting on the Same Net Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Reflexivity Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Doing Military Research in Conflict Environments Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Studying Host-Nationals in Operational Areas Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Historical Research in the Military Domain Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Retrieving What’s Already There Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Process Tracing in Case Studies Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Being One of the Guys or the Fly on the Wall? Download PDF
Chapter  11:  In-Depth Interviewing Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Qualitative Data Analysis Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Visual Communication Research and War Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Researching ‘The Most Dangerous of all Sources’ Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Scrutinizing the Internet in Search of “Homegrown” Terrorism Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Survey Research in Military Settings Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Longitudinal Design in Using Surveys in Military Research Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Multilevel Analysis Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Cross-National Research in the Military Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Experimental Methods in Military and Veteran Studies Download PDF
Chapter  21:  The Empirical Analysis of Conflicts, Using Databases Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Computational Modeling to Study Conflicts and Terrorism  Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Evaluating Peace Operations Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Business Analytics Research in Military Organizations Download PDF
Chapter  25:  A New Approach to Doing Military Ethics Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Theory Building in Research on the Military Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Doing Practical Research and Publishing in Military Studies Download PDF
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Index Download PDF
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