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1 “Anybody’s Son Will Do” Gwynne Dyer Total Institution “a place of residence and work where a large number of like- situated individuals, cut off from the wider society for an appreciable period of time, together lead an enclosed, formally administered round of life.” (Goffman, 1961) Basic Premises z Soldiers are ordinary human beings with rational & personal loyalties z All soldiers need some patriotic or ideological justification to kill
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2 Purpose of Basic Training… z Brief, intensive “basic training” is to change civilian’s basic values Why the Military Prefers Youth… z Physical Fitness z Lack of Dependents z Economic Dispensability z Enthusiasm z Naiveté z Willingness to Believe “It (Basic Training) works by applying enormous
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Unformatted text preview: physical and mental pressure to men who have been isolated from their normal civilian environment and placed in one where the only right way to think and behave is the way the Marine Corps wants them to. How it Works 3 z Sleep Deprivation z Shaved Head z Inoculations z Clothing z Delousing z Loss of 1 st Name The Loss of Identity z Uniform z Shared Living Quarters z Physical Training z Insignia, Flag, Symbols, Military Music Building a New Identity z Shared Hardships z Collective Punishment z Diet of Small Triumphs z Competition with Other Units Building a New Identity (cont) 4 z Prison z Mental Health Institutions z Boarding Schools z Others? Similarity to Other Institutions?...
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This note was uploaded on 12/22/2010 for the course PHIL 1104 taught by Professor Larvy during the Spring '09 term at UConn.

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