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Bordieuan Field Theory as an Instrument for Military Operational Analysis

Palgrave Macmillan

Part of the book series: New Security Challenges (NSECH)

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Table of contents (11 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xv
  2. Theory and Background Field Theory as an Instrument for Operational Analysis

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Terms in Search for a Theoretical Definition

      • Håkan Gunneriusson
      Pages 3-12Open Access
    3. Field Theory

      • Håkan Gunneriusson
      Pages 13-25Open Access
    4. The Political Field in the Operational Area

      • Håkan Gunneriusson
      Pages 27-33Open Access
  3. Empirical Example

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 49-49
    2. The Events in 1990

      • Håkan Gunneriusson
      Pages 63-73Open Access
    3. The Events in 1991

      • Håkan Gunneriusson
      Pages 75-87Open Access
    4. The Events in 1992

      • Håkan Gunneriusson
      Pages 89-98Open Access
    5. Epilogue: Beyond 1992

      • Håkan Gunneriusson
      Pages 99-105Open Access
    6. Conclusions of the Empirical Example

      • Håkan Gunneriusson
      Pages 107-110Open Access
    7. Post Scriptum: Hybrid Warfare and the Yugoslavian Blueprint

      • Håkan Gunneriusson
      Pages 111-117Open Access
  4. Back Matter

    Pages 119-123

About this book

This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license.

This book uses Pierre Bourdieu’s field theory as a lens through which to examine military operations. Novel in its approach, this innovative text provides a better, more nuanced understanding of the modern ‘battlespace’, particularly in instances of prolonged low-intensity conflict. Formed in two parts, this book primarily explores the scope of Bourdien theory before secondly providing a detailed case study of the Yugoslavian succession war of 1990-1992. Gunneriusson suggests that although theories do not necessarily provide answers, they do help us ask better questions. This volume suggests news lines of interdisciplinary investigation that will be of interest to members of armed forces, practitioners from NGOs, and policymakers.


  • Open Access
  • Effect Based Operations (EBO)
  • Pierre Bourdieu
  • Algeria
  • Field theory
  • Information warfare
  • COIN
  • Balkans
  • Bosnia
  • Slobodan Milošević
  • Franjo Tudjman
  • Yugoslavia
  • Communism
  • Serbia
  • Alija Izetbegović
  • Hybrid warfare
  • Russia
  • Kosovo
  • Military Operational Analysis

Authors and Affiliations

  • Department of Military Studies, Swedish Defence University, Stockholm, Sweden

    Håkan Gunneriusson

About the author

Håkan Gunneriusson is the Head of Research and Deputy Head of Land Operations Section, Department of Military Studies, Swedish Defense University (SEDU), Sweden. His research focus on hybrid warfare, military ground tactics, as well as sociological and historical perspectives on military tactics and culture.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Bordieuan Field Theory as an Instrument for Military Operational Analysis

  • Authors: Håkan Gunneriusson

  • Series Title: New Security Challenges

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Political Science and International Studies, Political Science and International Studies (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-65351-8Published: 04 October 2017

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-319-88005-1Published: 15 August 2018

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-65352-5Published: 18 September 2017

  • Series ISSN: 2731-0329

  • Series E-ISSN: 2731-0337

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XV, 123

  • Number of Illustrations: 1 b/w illustrations, 5 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Political Theory, Military and Defence Studies

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 31.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 31.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)