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Gender, Masculinities and Transition in Conflicted Societies


Naomi Cahn


George Washington University - Law School

Fionnuala D. Ni Aolain


University of Minnesota Law School; University of Ulster - Transitional Justice Institute

2010

New England Law Review, 2010
GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 481
GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 481

Abstract:     
This article uses a gender lens to explore how conflict affects men and women differently. It examines issues related to the emergence of certain kinds of “hyper” masculinity in situations of conflict and how such masculinities continue to function in subsequent peace-building attempts. The article argues that a failure to account for and be cognizant of these specific masculinities has a significant effect for women in particular, and, more generally, on the success of the conflict transition process. Finally, we show how using a gender lens could make a difference by considering the specific example of the impact of violent masculinities on disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration programs.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 88

Keywords: gender, masculinity, conflict, peace-building, disarmament, demobilization, reintegration, feminism

JEL Classification: D63, K33, J16

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Date posted: December 3, 2009  

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Cahn, Naomi and Ni Aolain, Fionnuala D., Gender, Masculinities and Transition in Conflicted Societies (2010). New England Law Review, 2010; GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 481; GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 481. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1516709

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Naomi R. Cahn (Contact Author)
George Washington University - Law School ( email )
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United States
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Fionnuala D. Ni Aolain
University of Minnesota Law School ( email )
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Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States
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University of Ulster - Transitional Justice Institute ( email )
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Newtownabbey, County Antrim BT37 OQB
Northern Ireland

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