Across a rich terrain of empirical and theoretical trajectories, the concept of military masculinity (now understood in its plural as military masculinities) has been a significant conceptual tool in both feminist international relations (IR) and in critical men and masculinities studies scholarship. The concept has helped us to unpack the relationships between gender, war, and militarism, including how military standards function in the production of wider normative, hegemonic manliness. As such, military masculinities has been a rewarding tool for many scholars who take a critical approach to the study of war and the military.
This edited volume advances an emerging curiosity within accounts of military masculinities. This curiosity concerns the silences within, and disruptions to, our well-established and perhaps-too-comfortable understandings of, and empirical focal points for, military masculinities, gender, and war. The contributors to this volume trouble the ease with which we might be tempted to synonymize militaries, war, and a neat, ‘hegemonic’ masculinity. Taking the disruptions, the asides, and the silences seriously challenges the common wisdoms of military masculinities, gender, and war in productive and necessary ways. Doing so necessitates a reorientation of where, to whom, and for what we look to understand the operation of gendered military power.
The chapters were originally published in a special issue of Critical Military Studies.
1. Beyond the hegemonic in the study of militaries, masculinities, and war
Amanda Chisholm and Joanna Tidy
2. Re-thinking hegemonic masculinities in conflict-affected contexts
Henri Myrttinen, Lana Khattab and Jana Naujoks
3. Clients, contractors, and the everyday masculinities in global private security
4. Combat as a moving target: masculinities, the heroic soldier myth, and normative martial violence
Katharine M. Millar and Joanna Tidy
5. Unmaking militarized masculinity: veterans and the project of military-to-civilian transition
Sarah Bulmer and Maya Eichler
6. Problematizing military masculinity, intersectionality and male vulnerability in feminist critical military studies
7. What’s the problem with the concept of military masculinities?
8. Living archives and Cyprus: militarized masculinities and decolonial emerging world horizons
Anna M. Agathangelou