Men O’ War: Examining the Role of Masculine Social Construction as an Obstacle to Peace

Citation:

Gagnon, Jeffrey. 2003. “Men O’ War: Examining the Role of Masculine Social Construction as an Obstacle to Peace.”

Author: Jeffrey Gagnon

Abstract:

This analysis concentrates on the differences between warlike and peaceful relationships as perceived through the lens of masculine social construction. Patriarchy’s influence on the values, attitudes and constructs of masculine identity development directs this investigation, as masculine ideology determines how two sides understand the reasons for and solutions to relational conflict. This analysis contends that traditional masculine ideology, while not the sole cause of war, can often initiate and justify intergroup conflict, while obstructing opportunities for peace. As such, this inquiry seeks to answer two central questions: How does masculine socialization mobilize men to war against one another? How does traditional masculine ideology initiate warlike relationships, while impeding peaceful connections? (Intro)

Topics: Armed Conflict, Gender, Men, Masculinity/ies, Gendered Power Relations, Patriarchy

Year: 2003

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