Group Title: Use of social networks by naval officers' wives
Title: The Use of social networks by naval officers' wives
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Title: The Use of social networks by naval officers' wives : a study of organizational relationships
Physical Description: xvi, 259 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Marriott, Barbara, 1932- ( Dissertant )
Bernard, H. Russell ( Thesis advisor )
Cohen, Ronald ( Reviewer )
Murray, Gerald ( Reviewer )
Mering, Otto von ( Reviewer )
Pennypacker, Henry ( Reviewer )
Publisher: University of Florida
Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: 1991
Copyright Date: 1991
 Subjects
Subjects / Keywords: Anthropology thesis Ph. D
Officers' spouses -- Social networks -- United States   ( lcsh )
Dissertations, Academic -- Anthropology -- UF
Genre: bibliography   ( marcgt )
non-fiction   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
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Abstract: Roles of Navy officers' wives, their incorporation into the organization, and the influence of social changes on these roles are explored in this study. Officers' wives' social networks are analyzed for function and membership. Findings reveal the organizational responsibilities of the wives and their close tie to their husbands' profession. The wives' networks function as a multi-purpose system among network members and between the wives and the Navy. Through their social networks officers' wives have access to emotional support, information, and economic resources. The Navy uses the networks to monitor, manage, and measure the emotional and welfare climate of command families. This information enables the Navy to make adjustments in retention and performance policies. The organization uses the wives' social networks as a communication channel to the families. The key to the operation of this network system is the commanding officer's wife. Data collected during the Persian Gulf war points to the increase role of commanding officers' wives during at sea periods and crises. Personnel problems arise when the commanding officer's wife is not a network member. Her absence can have a negative impact on command families, naval personnel, and Navy goals. The description of the organizational responsibilities of officers' wives recognizes differences between sea duty and shore duty roles. Navy personnel structures, the military model, and American cultural values are related to the wives' organizational roles. The two most influential variables in the role of the officer's wive are the type of duty and the rank of the husband. Ethnographic data address the issue of how wives influence organizational structural changes and what their role perceptions are. Statistical data support the ethnography and emphasize the structural role of the commanding officer's wife. While the military model and its ensuing personnel policies create the environment for the incorporation of wives, the effects of occupational elements such as sea duty, the ombudsman program, the hierarchical base, and paternalism define the wives' responsibilities.
Statement of Responsibility: by Barbara Marriott.
Thesis: Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Florida, 1991.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (leaves 243-258).
Original Version: Typescript.
General Note: Vita.
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Bibliographic ID: UF00099564
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: alephbibnum - 001714618
oclc - 25605041
notis - AJC6983

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