The Hegemonic Male and Kosovar Nationalism


Munn, Jamie. 2007. “The Hegemonic Male and Kosovar Nationalism, 2000-2005.” Men and Masculinities 10 (4): 440–56. doi:10.1177/1097184X07306744.

Author: Jamie Munn


The article addresses the link between manhood and nationhood in post-conflict Kosova. Albanian Kosovars, like many “traditionally” patriarchal societies, have constructed identities of the patriotic man and the exalted childbearing woman as icons of national survival. These designated identities often negate the realities of war-affected communities. The gendered places of man and woman in political reality are marred by the traumatic events of conflict and post-conflict life. By thinking about the masculine microcultures of nation building (daily life), especially the construction of over-sexed and under-sexed individuals (i.e., the soldier) and the promiscuous enemies within (i.e., the female rape victim), there develops a connection between monoracial and heterosexual preserves and the need for this society to hold onto the traditional vision of man, at least until there is the political union of nation and state.

Topics: Armed Conflict, Combatants, Gender, Men, Masculinity/ies, Patriarchy, Nationalism, Post-Conflict, Post-Conflict Reconstruction, Race, Sexual Violence, Rape, Sexuality Regions: Europe, Balkans, Eastern Europe Countries: Kosovo

Year: 2007

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