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The Combat SoldierInfantry Tactics and Cohesion in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries$
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Anthony King

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199658848

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199658848.001.0001

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The Professional Society

The Professional Society

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The Combat Soldier

Anthony King

Oxford University Press

The chapter begins with a summary of the central thesis of the book and goes on to consider the cases of China, Russia, and Brazil in order to explore the question of whether the emerging professionalism of western militaries is also evident elsewhere in the world. Tentatively, it is suggested that while all three powers retain conscription, professionalism (and its associated impact on cohesion) is gaining ground. The book finishes by considering whether professionalism and professional solidarity are more widely evident in civilian society through the examination of industry and sport, concluding that there may indeed be an advance in professionalism across these sectors to parallel military developments. Finally, and against Putnam’s assertions of the decay of community, it is claimed that perhaps the rise of professionalism may represent the emergence of a new, shared value which unites the individuals and groups of an increasingly diverse, multiple, and globalized society.

Keywords:   the diffusion of military professionalism, professionalism in industry and sport, a professionalizing society

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