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Problematizing military masculinity, intersectionality and male vulnerability in feminist critical military studies

Henry, Marsha (2017) Problematizing military masculinity, intersectionality and male vulnerability in feminist critical military studies. Critical Military Studies, 3 (2). pp. 182-199. ISSN 2333-7486

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Identification Number: 10.1080/23337486.2017.1325140

Abstract

Recent work on the multiplicity of masculinities within specific military contexts deploys the concept of intersectionality in order to draw attention to the hierarchies present in military organizations or to acknowledge male vulnerability in situations of war and conflict. While it is important to examine the breadth and depth of masculinity as an ideology and practice of domination, it is also important for discussions of military masculinity, and intersectionality, to be connected with the ‘originary’ black feminist project from which intersectionality was born. This may indeed reflect a more nuanced and historically attuned account of such concepts as intersectionality, but also black and double consciousness, standpoint and situated knowledges. In particular, what happens when concepts central to feminist theorizing and activism suddenly become of use for studying dominant groups such as male military men? What are our responsibilities in using these concepts in unexpected and perhaps politically questionable ways? This article looks at recent feminist theorizing on intersectionality, and several examples of the use of intersectionality in relation to masculinity and the military, and finally suggests some cautionary ways forward for rethinking militaries, masculinities, and feminist theories.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rcms20/current
Additional Information: © 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
Divisions: Gender Studies
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Sets: Departments > Gender Institute
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2017 09:28
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2019 12:11
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/79648

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