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posted on 2023-06-08, 21:08 authored by Anna StavrianakisAnna Stavrianakis
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.


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International encyclopedia of the social and behavioral sciences (Second edition)



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