Gender, Masculinities and Transition in Conflicted Societies

88 Pages Posted: 3 Dec 2009

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Naomi Cahn

University of Virginia School of Law

Fionnuala D. Ni Aolain

University of Minnesota Law School; The Queens University of Belfast

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Date Written: 2010

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.

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

JEL Classification: D63, K33, J16

Suggested Citation

Cahn, Naomi R. 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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1516709

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