Domesticating Military Masculinities: Home, Performance and the Negotiation of Identity

Citation:

Atherton, Stephen. 2009. “Domesticating Military Masculinities: Home, Performance and the Negotiation of Identity.” Social & Cultural Geography 10 (8): 821-36.

Author: Stephen Atherton

Abstract:

Here, I explore the domestication of masculine identities that occurs within the British Army, and the transitions that take place upon re-entry into civilian life. Through oral accounts I highlight how men renegotiate their identity within the 'home' and within 'society' and seek to add to the debate on how we analyse a cultural repertoire of masculinities that are appropriate to particular places. In particular, I draw out: (1) how a domesticated body fit for purpose is created and maintained within the British Army; (2) how and with what effect an embodied routine and self-discipline is transferred into a home environment; and (3) the re-imaging of home life through the performance of these masculine identities.

Topics: Combatants, Male Combatants, Gender, Men, Masculinity/ies, Military Forces & Armed Groups, Militaries Regions: Europe, Northern Europe Countries: United Kingdom

Year: 2009

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