TITLE

MILITARISM, MEANS OF COERCION, AND THE SOCIOLOGICAL CONSTRUCTION OF REALITY

AUTHOR(S)
Flynn, Charles P.
PUB. DATE
February 1983
SOURCE
Humanity & Society;Feb83, Vol. 7 Issue 1, p1
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
One of the most astounding, and disheartening, failures of sociology, past and present, was and is it incapacity to understand and provide some of a possible knowledge base for overcoming war and militarism. It has been estimated that over 110 million people in this century alone have thus far been killed by soldiers and other military operatives. The lives of countless other millions have been profoundly effected, both as victims of non-fatal wounds and, perhaps a larger number, as recipients of the deep psychic wounds engendered by being forced to be socialized into and carry out the role of victimizer. One of the ironies of mainstream sociology, with its oft-repeated stress on the empirical, is its striking disregard of the overwhelming empirical realities of war and militarism. Except for a few minor references to military training as resocialization, there are few references to war in introductory texts. More advanced treatment tends to be relegated to relatively small, somewhat obscure courses in Social Conflict, where students are regaled not so much by the cruelties, horrors, brutalities, and atrocities of war and militarism as by such platitudes as conflict increases cohesion, reinforces values and norms and strengthens social structures.
ACCESSION #
11543383

 

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