Hirsch Lecture: Gender, Masculinities, and Transition in Conflicted Societies

Citation:

Cahn, Naomi, and Fionnuala Ní Aoláin. “Hirsch Lecture: Gender, Masculinities, and Transition in Conflicted Societies.” New England Law Review 44, no. 1 (2009): 1–23.

Authors: Naomi Cahn, Fionnuala Ní Aoláin

Abstract:

This Article uses a gender lens to explore how  conflict affects men and women differently. It examines issues related to the  emergence of certain kinds of "hyper" masculinity in situations of  conflict and how such masculinities continue to function in subsequent peace-building  attempts. This Article argues that a failure to account for and be cognizant of  these specific masculinities has a significant effect for women in particular  and, more generally, on the success of the conflict transition process.  Finally, we show how using a gender lens could make a difference by considering  the specific example of the impact of violent masculinities on disarmament,  demobilization, and reintegration programs.

Topics: Armed Conflict, Combatants, DDR, Gender, Women, Men, Masculinity/ies, Gendered Power Relations, Masculinism, Livelihoods, Militarized livelihoods, Military Forces & Armed Groups, Militarization

Year: 2009

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