1st Edition

Masculinity, War and Violence

Edited By Ann-Dorte Christensen, Palle Rasmussen Copyright 2017
    168 Pages
    by Routledge

    166 Pages
    by Routledge

    Addressing the relationship between masculinity, war, and violence, this book covers these themes broadly and across different disciplines. These analyses are located at different levels: public policies at the macro level; resistance and independence movements at the meso level; and masculine subjectivities, processes of mobilization, and radicalization at the micro level.

    The ten contributions encompass four recurring themes: violent masculinities and how contemporary societies and regimes cope with traditional violent rituals and extreme violence against women; popular written and visual fiction about war and masculine rationalities; gender relations in social movements of rebellion and national transformation; and masculinity in civil society under conditions of war and post-war. Taking into account different geographical contexts, the book emphasizes the relationship between the local and the global as well as the importance of understanding gender and masculinity in their intersectional interrelations with religion, race, ethnicity, class, and locality. This book was originally published as a special issue of NORMA: International Journal for Masculinity Studies.

    Introduction: War, violence and masculinities Ann-Dorte Christensen and Palle Rasmussen

    1. Occupying masculinities: fathering in the Palestinian territories Ravi Gokani, Aline Bogossian and Bree Akesson

    2. Understanding masculine identity among anti-war veterans Anjel Stough-Hunter and Julie Hart

    3. War-image as affect, war-image as spectacle in turn-of-the-millennium Hollywood: how are violent masculinities expressed? Terrance H. McDonald

    4. Sounds of the Cold War: gendered submarine narratives Irian Novikova

    5. Black radical masculinities in American warfare: reconfiguring resistance in the body of Muhammad Ali towards exile Johnny Jones

    6. Violent potentials: exploring the intersection of violence and masculinity among the Bugkalot Henrik Hvenegaard Mikkelsen and Thomas Friis S√łgaard

    7. The Tupamaros: re-gendering an ungendered guerrilla movement Gabriela Gonzalez-Vaillant

    8. Militarized masculinities, heroes and gender inequality during and after the nationalist struggle in Zimbabwe Jane L. Parpart

    9. Making men and masculinities visible: a macro level enquiry into conceptualizations of gender and violence in Indian policies Shannon Philip


    Ann-Dorte Christensen is Professor and Director of the Centre for Masculinity Studies in the Department of Sociology and Social Work at Aalborg University, Denmark. She is the co-editor of NORMA: International Journal for Masculinity Studies. She has written on hegemonic masculinity and intersectionality, masculinity ideals, violence in left wing movements, and marginalized masculinities.

    Palle Rasmussen is Professor of Education and Learning Research in the Department of Learning and Philosophy at Aalborg University, Denmark, where he directs the Centre for Education Policy and Evaluation Research. His research areas include education policy, lifelong learning, professional education, gender and education, and social theory, and he has published extensively in these fields.