Gender, Masculinities and Transition in Conflicted Societies

34 Pages Posted: 9 Dec 2009

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Fionnuala D. Ni Aolain

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

Date Written: December 4, 2009


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

Suggested Citation

Ni Aolain, Fionnuala D., Gender, Masculinities and Transition in Conflicted Societies (December 4, 2009). New England Law Review, Forthcoming; Minnesota Legal Studies Research Paper No. 09-49. Available at SSRN:

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