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The Routledge Companion to Military Research Methods

Edited by: Alison J. Williams , K. Neil Jenkings , Matthew F. Rech , Rachel Woodward

Print publication date:  May  2016
Online publication date:  April  2016

Print ISBN: 9781472442758
eBook ISBN: 9781315613253
Adobe ISBN: 9781317042587

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This new handbook is about the practices of conducting research on military issues. 

As an edited collection, it brings together an extensive group of authors from a range of disciplinary perspectives whose chapters engage with the conceptual, practical and political questions raised when doing military research.  The book considers a wide range of questions around research about, on and with military organisations, personnel and activities, from diverse starting-points across the social sciences, arts and humanities.

Each chapter in this volume:

  • Describes the nature of the military research topic under scrutiny and explains what research practices were undertaken and why. 
  • Discusses the author's research activities, addressing the nature of their engagement with their subjects and explaining how the method or approach under scrutiny was distinctive because of the military context or subject of the research. 
  • Reflects on the author’s research experiences, and the specific, often unique, negotiations with the politics and practices of military institutions and military personnel before, during and after their research fieldwork. 

The book provides a focussed overview of methodological approaches to critical studies of military personnel and institutions, and processes and practices of militarisation and militarism.  In particular, it engages with the growth in qualitative approaches to military research, particularly research carried out on military topics outside military research institutions. The handbook provides the reader with a comprehensive guide to how critical military research is being undertaken by social scientists and humanities scholars today, and sets out suggestions for future approaches to military research. 

This book will be of much interest to students of military studies, war and conflict studies, and research methods in general.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  An Introduction to Military Research Methods Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Reflections on Research in Military Archives Download PDF
Chapter  3:  From Declassified Documents to Redacted Files Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Biography and the Military Archive Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Analysing Newspapers Download PDF
Chapter  6:  The Uses of Military Memoirs in Military Research Download PDF
Chapter  7:  A Military Definition of Reality Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Archaeological Approaches to the Study of Recent Warfare Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Comparing Militaries Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Conducting ‘Community-Orientated’ Military Research Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Ethnography in Conflict Zones Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Researching Proscribed Armed Groups Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Psychoanalytically Informed Reflexive Research With Service Spouses Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Ethnomethodology, Conversation Analysis and the Study of Action-in-Interaction in Military Settings Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Researching Normativity and Nonnormativity in Military Organizations Download PDF
Chapter  16:  The Aesthetic of Being in the Field Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Ethnography and the Embodied Life of War-Making Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Biting the Bullet Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Researching Military Men Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Putting ‘Insider-Ness’ to Work Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Researching at Military Airshows Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Perceptions of Past Conflict Download PDF
Chapter  23:  A Visual and Material Culture Approach to Researching War and Conflict Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Studying Military Image Banks Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Critical Methodologies for Researching Military-Themed Videogames Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Photo-Elicitation and Military Research Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Visualising the Invisible Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Taking Leave Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Overt Research Download PDF
Chapter  30:  The Audible Cold War Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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