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Masculinity studies within the Nordic region are often regarded by those outside the research community as focusing on what can be regarded as “soft” areas of men’s lives; areas such as fatherhood, relationships, emotions or social maladjustment and exclusion. There is some truth in this. Men’s private lives, “new fathers” and male “misfits” have been … Continue reading

Men, militaries and civilian societies in interaction

Jarna Soilevuo Grønnerød, Anders Ahlbäck, Teemu Tallberg, Ville Kivimäki & Johanna Valenius This article introduces new approaches to gendered civil-military relations. It starts with the identification of three currents in contemporary research on men, militaries and civilian societies: war and militaries have for a long time been analyzed both within studies on men and masculinities … Continue reading

The Others: Gender and conscientious objection in the First World War

Lee Jones In a time when ‘if one was born a male, one became a soldier’, what does it mean to be a man who refuses to fight? This article uses Connell’s framework of ‘hegemonic masculinity’ to locate conscientious objectors’ male identities as a suppressed, subaltern manliness that deviated from the dominant norm of martial … Continue reading

Masculinities at war: Finland 1918-1950

Anders Ahlbäck & Ville Kivimäki This article analyzes historical continuities and changes in the relationship between men and the military in Finland’s history in the first half of the 20th century, by combining perspectives from studies on men with new military history. The focus is on four intertwined aspects of military masculinities: ideology, corporeality, social … Continue reading

Striking poses: Notes on the performances of violent masculinities in conflict situations

Henri Myrttinen This article explores the issue of how masculinities are being ‘performed’ in conflict situations, how they are imagined and manifested and what impacts they have and are thought to have by their performers. It examines the various elements which flow into these performances, be it uniforms, weaponry or posturing, and how these are … Continue reading

Everyday gendered experiences and the discursive construction of civilian and military identities in Britain

Victoria Basham Though the idea of a civil-military gap has long been privileged by military officials and many scholars of armed forces, dividing ‘civilian’ from ‘military’ has important implications for the negotiation of identities within the armed forces. By drawing on research with members of the British military on social diversity in their organisation, this … Continue reading

Invisible women and friendly war-fighters: Perceptions of gender and masculinities in the Norwegian armed forces

Torunn Laugen Haaland Taking the Norwegian Armed Forces as a case study, this article examines how perceptions of gender and masculinities are expressed in internal documents produced by military forces deployed abroad as well as in the military bureaucracy at home during the 1990s. One main finding is that women are largely invisible in these … Continue reading