Muslims in the United States Military : A Role Theory Analysis of Conflict and Integration.
Author(s)Swanson, Gina D.
Contributor(s)AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSONAFB OH
KeywordsHumanities and History
Personnel Management and Labor Relations
Military Forces and Organizations
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AbstractThe purpose of this thesis was to look for the existence of role conflict in Muslim military members. Both the military and Islam were argued to be "greedy institutions" (Coser 1974) in that each demands its members to enact "master statuses" (Hughes 1945: 357). This thesis focuses on three potential areas in an effort to determine the existence of role conflict: military policies, military chaplains, and Muslim military members. Although evidence was found of role conflict, many Muslim military members were able to integrate these two roles by viewing their work as a calling or looking forward to opportunities to change existing policies.