Gendering War and Peace: Militarized Masculinities in Northern Ireland

Citation:

Ashe, Fidelma. 2012. "Gendering War and Peace: Militarized Masculinities in Northern Ireland." Men and Masculinities 15 (3): 1-19. doi:10.1177/1097184X12442636.

Author: Fidelma Ashe

Abstract:

There has been extensive academic analysis of Northern Ireland's ethnonationalist antagonisms. However, academic literature that has explored both the region's ethno-nationalist conflict and its more recent processes of conflict transformation has neglected the concept of masculinities. This article employs the framework of critical studies of men/masculinities to analyze why men's gendered identities have received so little attention in a society that is marked by deep gendered inequalities and also exposes the consequences of this neglect in terms of exploring gendered power relationships in Northern Ireland society. Additionally, the article employs the concept of militarized masculinities to explore the relationships between ethnonationalist conflict, conflict transformation, men's gendered identities, and gender power in the region.

Keywords: demilitarization, masculinities, Northern Ireland, conflict transformation

Topics: Armed Conflict, Ethnic/Communal Wars, Ethnicity, Gender, Men, Masculinity/ies, Gendered Power Relations, Gender Equality/Inequality, Military Forces & Armed Groups, Paramilitaries, Nationalism Regions: Europe, Northern Europe Countries: United Kingdom

Year: 2012

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