Sexing the Soldier takes a critical look at how gender - what it means to be a man or a woman - is understood within the contemporary British Army, and the political and practical consequences of this. Drawing on original research, this informaive volume looks at:
Using case studies ranging from the exclusion of women from direct combat posts, to the issues surrounding bullying, this book argues that we need a fuller, more nuanced assessment of gender issues in the military that moves beyond the simplistic ideas about women's and men's 'natural' capacities for soldiering.
1. Gender and the British Army: Military, Civilian and Conceptual Issues 2. Patterns and Histories of Gender in the British Army 3. British Army Personnel Policies and the Politics of Female Difference 4. Masculinities and the British Army 5. Gender and the Soldier in the British Media and Popular Culture 6. The Politics of Gender and the Contemporary British Army