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Making sense of masculinity and war

Hutchings, Kimberly (2008) Making sense of masculinity and war. Men and Masculinities, 10 (4). pp. 389-404. ISSN 1097-184X

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Identification Number: 10.1177/1097184X07306740


This article examines modes of theorizing about war in two contemporary literatures: on war and gender and on the changing nature of war. Both these literatures make a connection between masculinity and war. The article argues that, on examination, the link between masculinity and war does not depend on the substantive meanings of either masculinity or war, or on a causal or constitutive relation between the two; rather, masculinity is linked to war because the formal, relational properties of masculinity provide a framework through which war can be rendered both intelligible and acceptable as a social practice and institution.

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Additional Information: © 2008 Sage Publications
Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: U Military Science > U Military Science (General)
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2008 13:30
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2024 05:06

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