1st Edition

The Politics of Military Families State, Work Organizations, and the Rise of the Negotiation Household

Edited By René Moelker, Manon Andres, Nina Rones Copyright 2019
    372 Pages
    by Routledge

    372 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book examines the politics of military families in relation to the tensions between the state, military organization, and private life.

    It elaborates on the tensions between the advent of challenging worldwide deployment for the military and the prominence of the home front. The volume aims to understand the dynamics of conflict and change within triad figurations at the macro (society), meso (organizational), and micro (family) level and is guided by the following overarching research questions:

    • What are the key issues in the three-party dynamics?

    • What tensions exist in these dynamics?

    • How do actors seek to arrive at a balance? What initiatives for change are made?

    With contributions from international scholars, who examine the workings of politics in military families at all three levels, the book argues that members within military families deal with shifting power balances and these are impacted by demands from organizations and the state.

    This book will be of much interest to students of military studies, sociology, organizational studies and politics.

    Part I: State, Armed Forces, and the rise of the negotiation household  1. Introduction: The politics of military families and the rise of the negotiation household. Tensions between state, work, and families René Moelker, Nina Rones, and Manon Andres  2. Invisibilized invisible: Third party symbolic violence and the partial militarization of UK military spouse/partners Kevin Spruce  3. Dealing with condemnation: Military families and transitional justice in Argentina Eleonora Natale  4. Tensions and negotiations surrounding the inclusion of female officers in the Brazilian Air Force Laura Masson  5. The military family industry. The role of the family in the construction and the development of the military profession Elena Lysak  6. New families in the IDF: Towards diversity in family policies Meytal Eran-Jona and Dotan Aviram  7. "I just want to be done with it!" Estonian conscripts negotiating the tensions between military, family, and personal agendas Kadri Raid, Kairi Kasearu, and Tiia-Triin Truusa  Part II: Organization, soldier, and military family: Negotiating the tensions  8. Military lifestyle stressors and social support in the well-being of military families Sanela Dursun, Zhigang Wang, and Lesleigh Pullman  9. The influence of work-family experiences during deployment on organizational outcomes Helen Pluut and Manon Andres  10. ‘Happy wife, happy soldier’: How the relationship between military spouses and the military institution influences spouse well-being Rachael Gribble, Laura Goodwin, Sian Oram and Nicola Fear  11. Balancing act: The demands of family, military service, and civilian employment for reservists Joanna Anderson and Irina Goldenberg  12. Relocating the military families in Finland Anitta Hannola  13. The spirit of community, the Army family, and the impact on formal and informal support mechanisms Emma Long  14. Who emotionally contained the deployed military? Trends in the dependence of former Argentine peacekeepers on their families, Haiti 2004-2015 Sabina Frederic  15. Standing strong in the context of organizational and family demands: A measure of USAF civilian spouse fitness Gary Bowen, Todd Jensen, and James Martin  Part III: Inside the negotiation household: Tensions between the soldier-parent, the partner, children  16. ‘In the cross-fire.’ Intimate partner violence in military families: A narrative review and implications for the military organization Philip Siebler and George Karpetis  17. Swedish families’ responses to military deployment Ann-Margreth Olsson and Sven-Erik Olsson  18. What happens on board stays on board? The political game of communication between deployed military personnel and their loved ones Manon Andres and René Moelker  19. Single parents in the Canadian Armed Forces: Impact of military life on psychological distress Alla Skomorovsky, Amanda Bullock, and Cynthia Wan  20. Life situation of military fathers. Perspectives of family planning and fatherhood of officers in the Austrian Armed Forces Gottfried Reiter  21. Boots and bottles: Navigating the triumphs and challenges of early childhood in military families Catherine Mogil and Blair Paley  22. Epilogue: Dating from a distance. Love and separation in a networked society: Developing a triadic concept of the military family René Moelker and Manon Andres


    René Moelker is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the Netherlands Defence Academy.

    Manon Andres is an Assistant Professor at the Netherlands Defence Academy.

    Nina Rones is a Senior Researcher at the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment.