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SOPRANO, Germán. An analysis of the configuration of subaltern state bureaucracies based on ethnographic research on petty officers of the Argentine Navy in the 21st century. Andes [online]. 2016, vol.27, n.1, pp.00-00. ISSN 1668-8090.

Bureaucracy is a key sociological category inevitably referred to Max Weber´s work. In this article, we will make a study of social dimensions in the configuration of a subaltern bureaucracy: petty officers in Argentine Navy in the 21st century. Based on the results of an ethnographic research, we will analyze their recruitment systems; the processes of basic military education, training and certification of knowledge; their professional careers; and their conceptions of the military life in a democratic political, and peace context with no imminent threats to the national defense of the country.

Keywords : Bureaucracy; Military; Petty officer; Argentine Navy; 21st century.

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