Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Sociology and Anthropology

First Advisor

Dr. Albeno P. Garbin


Sociological studies have demonstrated the need for further investigation of voluntary membership patterns in community organizations and clubs. Some investigators of the problem have had to work within limitations due to the nature of their data. In some instances, the sampling procedures did not provide adequate data. In other instances, if the samples were representative, the findings related to limited universes such as a small community, a single city, or a single social class. Preliminary to an adequate understanding of voluntary associations and their relationships to other social processes, it is necessary that further studies be instituted on the various segments of the culture. The role of voluntary associations in the organized life of important subcultures such as racial, regional, or occupational is a relatively unexplored area at this time. In this study, the concern is directed toward partially eliminating our lack of knowledge of important subcultures by investigating voluntary membership and participation of an occupational subculture, namely, a military group.


A Thesis Presented to the Graduate Faculty of the Department of Sociology University of Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts. Copyright Vivian Lucille Laughlin June, 1964

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