Reinterpreting Combat Masculinity: Dutch Peacekeeping in Bosnia and Kosovo


Sion, Liora. 2007. “Reinterpreting Combat Masculinity: Dutch Peacekeeping in Bosnia and Kosovo.” Sociologie 3 (1): 95-111.

Author: Liora Sion


This article explores the construction of masculinity in two Dutch NATO peacekeeping units. By masculinity I refer to the main ideals of approved ways of being a male in a given society. These ideals are not a set of psychological traits that specific individuals may or may not possess, but rather a group of historically and culturally available, recognized and legitimate themes which are more or less identified with certain aspects of being a man in a certain society.

Topics: Armed Conflict, Combatants, Gender, Women, Men, Masculinity/ies, Gendered Power Relations, Peacekeeping Regions: Europe, Balkans, Eastern Europe, Western Europe Countries: Bosnia & Herzegovina, Netherlands

Year: 2007

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