Militarism

Stavrianakis, Anna (2015) Militarism. International encyclopedia of the social and behavioral sciences (Second edition). pp. 490-49.

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Abstract

The concept of militarism has had an ambivalent status in the social sciences, veering between polemic and analytical usage. This article seeks to clear the ground by outlining five main definitions of militarism, as: an ideology glorifying war; the propensity to use force; military buildup; excessive influence (of either the institution of the military or of the military–industrial complex); and the influence of military relations on social relations in general. It then discusses the modernist tilt to much of the discussion, and questions of methodological nationalism and the appropriate scale of analysis. Finally, it addresses some of the normative issues around the study of militarism.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Capitalism; Civil–military relations; Force; Geopolitics; Ideology; Methodological nationalism; Militarism; Militarization; Military; Military–industrial complex; Modernity; Patriarchy; Sociology; War; War preparation
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > International Relations
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Depositing User: Anna Stavrianakis
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2015 05:54
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2015 05:54
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/54526
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