Culture and the Military Cultural Thesis

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This also has major implications for military operations, both within a military unit and in the interaction between the military unit and another culture. Essentially, the problem of ethnocentrism can be seen at the root of the other cultural problems discussed in this context; it implies both a lack of understanding about the impacts of the unit's culture on the people of a foreign culture, as well as a lack of appreciation and understanding for that culture (Hoskins 2007).

Conclusion

Culture is strange, in that it is both constant and always changing. The only static culture is a dead one; as the various elements and generations of a culture interact, change is bound to happen. When there is no longer any interaction within a culture or between a given culture and other cultures, there is no longer any point to that culture, and indeed that culture could not realistically exist -- in order for interactions to cease, no people could exist in that culture. And because culture is essentially a human phenomenon, though not one of conscious creation, it is simply impossible for a culture to exist without people, and without those people interacting. It is through interactions that culture is passed down and learned, altered, and allowed to progress, and it is through the progression of culture that individuals are able to build new relationships with and understanding of the world around them, and the many other cultures that they are bound to contact in the modern age.

For certain cultures, that contact is destined to take place in a military fashion, and a strong cultural awareness can allow such contact and interactions to be mutually beneficial. In order for this to be accomplished, the military unit must direct its operations to effect the minimal amount of cultural disruption for those in the region where operations are taking place. At the same time, the members of that unit must be prepared for a shift in their culture, and warned against ethnocentric thinking and behavior in no uncertain terms.

References

DiMarco, L. (2003). Traditions, changes, and challenges: Military operations and the Middle Eastern city. Diane Publsihing.

Harrison, D.; Light, L. & Rothschild-Boros, M. (2008). Cultural anthropology: Our diverse world. New York: Wadsworth.

Hoskins, B. (2007). "Religion and other cultural variable in modern operational environments." Accessed 16 October 2009. http://www.dtic.mil/cgi-bin/GetTRDoc?AD=ADA470675&Location=U2&doc=GetTRDoc.pdf

O'Neil, D. (2007). "Characteristics of…

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References

DiMarco, L. (2003). Traditions, changes, and challenges: Military operations and the Middle Eastern city. Diane Publsihing.

Harrison, D.; Light, L. & Rothschild-Boros, M. (2008). Cultural anthropology: Our diverse world. New York: Wadsworth.

Hoskins, B. (2007). "Religion and other cultural variable in modern operational environments." Accessed 16 October 2009. http://www.dtic.mil/cgi-bin/GetTRDoc?AD=ADA470675&Location=U2&doc=GetTRDoc.pdf

O'Neil, D. (2007). "Characteristics of Culture." Accessed 16 October 2009. http://anthro.palomar.edu/culture/culture_2.htm

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