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Author Duncanson, Claire, 1974-
Title Forces for good? : military masculinities and peacebuilding in Afghanistan and Iraq / Claire Duncanson, lecturer, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh, UK.
Published Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
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 Floor2  DS371.413 .D86 2013    IN LIBRARY
Description xiii, 193 pages ; 23 cm.
Content Type text
Format volume
Series Rethinking peace and conflict studies
Rethinking peace and conflict studies.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 171-191) and index.
Contents 1. Introduction -- 2. Can Soldiers Ever Be Used to Achieve Peace? Feminists Debate Military Intervention -- 3. What Can We Learn From Soldiers' Narratives? Methodologies and Methods -- 4. British Soldier Identity and the War-Fighting Ethos -- 5. British Soldiers Doing and Undoing Empire in Iraq and Afghanistan -- 6. Regendered Soldiers and the Transformation of Hegemonic Masculinity -- Conclusion.
Summary "Forces for Good? explores British soldier 'herographies' to identify constructions of gender, race, class and nation and their consequences on complex, multi-dimensional operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. This book aims to intervene in the debates within critical feminist scholarship over whether soldiers can ever be agents of peace. Many feminist analyses of military intervention point to the way in which interventions are legitimated by gendered narratives where representatives of civilization are tasked with addressing violent conflict in troubled lands, a story which distracts from the root causes of the violence and enables the furthering of a neoliberal agenda. This book advances this critique by adding the important but hitherto neglected case of the British Army, and challenges its determinism, which Duncanson argues to be normatively, empirically and theoretically problematic.Exploring the impact of identity and gender constructions on the prospects for successful peacebuilding, this book will appeal to a range of scholars in politics, international relations, peace studies, gender and women's studies, sociology and anthropology. "-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Afghan War, 2001- -- Participation, British.
Afghan War, 2001- -- Personal narratives, British.
Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Participation, British.
Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Personal narratives, British.
Sociology, Military -- Great Britain.
Masculinity -- Great Britain.
Soldiers -- Great Britain -- Psychology.
Alternate Title Military masculinities and peacebuilding in Afghanistan and Iraq
ISBN 0230282261 (hardback)
9780230282261 (hardback)
Standard # 40022569907
OCLC number 827256588