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Abstracts, Journal issues, NORMA 3.2

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 dependent on the socio-cultural and historical setting of the conflict.Furthermore, the various messages sent out by these performances are analysed and contrasted with the impact they have on their ’audiences.’ The article draws both on literature on the topic as well as on field experiences of the author in various conflict and post-conflict settings.

Keywords
masculinities, performativity, violence, conflict, identity

NORMA: Nordic Journal for Masculinity Studies 3(2), 132-149

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