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


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

Author: Jeffrey Gagnon


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

© 2024 CONSORTIUM ON GENDER, SECURITY & HUMAN RIGHTSLEGAL STATEMENT All photographs used on this site, and any materials posted on it, are the property of their respective owners, and are used by permission. Photographs: The images used on the site may not be downloaded, used, or reproduced in any way without the permission of the owner of the image. Materials: Visitors to the site are welcome to peruse the materials posted for their own research or for educational purposes. These materials, whether the property of the Consortium or of another, may only be reproduced with the permission of the owner of the material. This website contains copyrighted materials. The Consortium believes that any use of copyrighted material on this site is both permissive and in accordance with the Fair Use doctrine of 17 U.S.C. § 107. If, however, you believe that your intellectual property rights have been violated, please contact the Consortium at