Hope for Gender Equality? A Pattern of Post-Conflict Transition in Masculinity


Haque, Md. Mozammel. 2013. “Hope for Gender Equality? A Pattern of Post-Conflict Transition in Masculinity.” Gender, Technology and Development 17 (1): 55–77.

Author: Md. Mozammel Haque


Challenging the findings of existing studies on masculinity in conflict situations and post-conflict transition in masculinity, some former soldiers in the Cambodian civil war during the 1970s have constructed peaceful and responsive masculinities in a new gender order in post-war Cambodia. This is mainly because of the new dominant social discourse on maleness pervading the country, which expects men to be model husbands and fathers able to uplift their families by raising their economic and educational status. Family members, particularly wives, play an important role in actualizing the social discourse among these former soldiers. This study provides hope for gender equality through engagement with men and boys. They can be motivated to promote gender equality and end violence against women through the development of popular discourses on responsive masculinity and good fatherhood.

Keywords: masculinity, Cambodia, gender order, post-conflict transition in masculinity, Khmer Rouge, women, men

Topics: Armed Conflict, Civil Wars, Male Combatants, Men, Boys, Masculinity/ies, Gender-Based Violence, Gendered Power Relations, Gender Equality/Inequality, Post-Conflict Regions: Asia, Southeast Asia Countries: Cambodia

Year: 2013

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