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Emotion matters: Emotion management in Swedish Peace Support Operations
Swedish Defence University, Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership (ISSL), Political Science Section. Karlstads universitet, Fakulteten för ekonomi, kommunikation och IT, Avdelningen för arbetsvetenskap.
2012 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Karlstad: Karlstad universitet , 2012. , 74 p.
Series
Karlstad University Studies, ISSN 1403-8099 ; 47
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Statsvetenskap med inriktning mot strategi och säkerhetspolitik
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-3787ISBN: 9789170634543 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-3787DiVA: diva2:619249
Note

2a upplagan med ändringar

Available from: 2013-05-02 Created: 2013-05-02 Last updated: 2017-08-02Bibliographically approved
List of papers
1. La gestion des émotions dans les opérations en faveur de la paix
Open this publication in new window or tab >>La gestion des émotions dans les opérations en faveur de la paix
2011 (French)In: L’Année sociologique, ISSN 0066-2399, Vol. 61, no 2, 407-430 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [fr]

Cet article aborde les diverses facettes de la gestion des émotionset de ses exigences au travers d’une étude qualitative portant sur les troupes suédoisesdéployées dans le cadre d’opérations en faveur de la paix, pour l’essentiel auKosovo et au Libéria. Il s’éloigne des traditions de recherche établies en sociologiedes émotions. L’analyse des données recueillies s’y réfère en effet à la typologieélaborée par Bolton (2005) à propos des émotions au travail. Cette typologie offre uncadre pluridimensionnel mettant en évidence la façon dont les règles de gestion dusentiment qui émanent de l’organisation, de la profession et de la société influent surla motivation, l’identité professionnelle, l’efficacité et la manière de servir. L’étudevalide une double hypothèse, la typologie de Bolton révèle certains aspects jusque-làrestés dans l’ombre des contraintes qui pèsent en la matière sur les acteurs militairesdes opérations en faveur de la paix ; les exigences de la gestion émotionnelle sont plusaiguës dans ce cadre d’activité que dans ceux dont a traité jusqu’ici la littérature.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 2011
Keyword
emotion management, deployment stress, low-intensity conflict, Peace Support Operations, Sweden, Conflits de basse intensité, gestion des émotions, opérationsen faveur de la paix, suède, stress du déploiement à l’étranger
National Category
Sociology
Research subject
Ledarskap under påfrestande förhållanden
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-2149 (URN)10.3917/anso.112.0407 (DOI)
Available from: 2011-11-14 Created: 2011-11-14 Last updated: 2015-04-24Bibliographically approved
2. Swedish-Irish Cooperation in Liberia
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Swedish-Irish Cooperation in Liberia
2008 (English)In: Military Cooperation in Multinational Peace Operations: Managing Cultural Diversity and Crisis Response / [ed] Soeters, Joseph, Manigart, Philippe, Milton Park, Oxfordshire: Routledge, 2008, 153-165 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Milton Park, Oxfordshire: Routledge, 2008
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Ledarskap under påfrestande förhållanden
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-490 (URN)978-0-415-57013-8 (ISBN)
Available from: 2010-03-10 Created: 2010-03-10 Last updated: 2013-05-02Bibliographically approved
3. "Don't fight the blue elephant": Humorous Signs as Protests and Conductors of Negotiations in Swedish Peace Support Operations
Open this publication in new window or tab >>"Don't fight the blue elephant": Humorous Signs as Protests and Conductors of Negotiations in Swedish Peace Support Operations
2013 (English)In: Res Militaris, E-ISSN 2265-6294, ISSN 2265-6294, Vol. 3, no 3, 1-19 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article focuses upon the role of humour among Swedish soldiers deployed on peace supportoperations, and more specifically on ‘applied' workplace humour (Mulkay, 1988). Applied humour makes certain points about situations, social groups or phenomena beyond pure entertainment. Data refers first and foremost to workplace signs encountered at military compounds in Liberia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, and interviews with 26 Swedish soldiers before, during and after their deployments. The findings suggest that humorous exchanges in missions abroad are omnipresent and serve many purposes: humour is a space for release from various stresses involved in a strictly hierarchical organization as well as in subordination to rules, policies and designed roles - but also where barbed ideas inappropriate for serious communication are vented (Fine, 1988). It is further argued that differences in the nature of operations (i.e. threat level and work tasks) is reflected in the messages' content. Even if the overall purpose of the humorous discourse seems to be more of a safety valve and ‘cathartic-ritual' than making a claim for change, this might in turn depend on the conviction that there is no alternative. Overall, the paper adds to the literature a description of humorous exchanges in a highly structured organizational setting where the need for sense-making is ever present. 

Keyword
Applied humour, deployment stress, peace support operations, Swedish armed forces
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Ledarskap under påfrestande förhållanden
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-4456 (URN)
Available from: 2014-01-21 Created: 2014-01-21 Last updated: 2017-08-01Bibliographically approved
4. Post-Deployment Disorientation: The emotional remains of uneventful peace support operations
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Post-Deployment Disorientation: The emotional remains of uneventful peace support operations
2012 (English)In: Res militaris, ISSN 2265-6294, Vol. 2, no 2Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

It is widely recognized that participation in high-intensity military missions abroad can result in discomforts, serious health conditions, and psychological consequences for the individual. This article, however, focuses on soldiers' experiences after service in two relatively calm mission areas. It aims to contribute to a discussion of the emotional price soldiers pay even when participating under these circumstances. It argues that although the general view among soldiers is that service abroad is a unique, rewarding and cherished experience, we should further recognize it as an accomplishment that also has other transformative properties. This is often manifested in what is here named 'Post-Deployment Disorientation' (PDD), invoking a different outlook on life and navigation in the social world. This article explores the soldiers' sense-making of this change by adopting an emotion-focused sociological perspective. Confirmation of assumptions made is presented through reference to interviews with 24 Swedish soldiers before, during and after their deployments to Kosovo and Liberia.

Keyword
Peace Support Operations; emotion management; low-intensity mission areas; sensemaking; re-adjustment; post-deployment disorientation; Swedish military
National Category
Sociology
Research subject
Ledarskap under påfrestande förhållanden
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-2618 (URN)
Available from: 2012-06-01 Created: 2012-06-01 Last updated: 2014-06-04Bibliographically approved

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