Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies

Forces for Good?

Military Masculinities and Peacebuilding in Afghanistan and Iraq

Authors: Duncanson, C.

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This book utilises the growing phenomenon of British soldier narratives from Iraq and Afghanistan to explore how British soldiers make sense of their role on these complex, multi-dimensional operations. It aims to intervene in the debates within critical feminist scholarship over whether soldiers can ever be agents of peace.

About the authors

Claire Duncanson is a Lecturer in International Relations in the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh, UK. Her research and teaching is focused at the intersection of international security, international development and gender politics.

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"As a whole, the book has four major strengths. First, its focus on agency adds balance to a debate that has been biased towards deterministic understandings of how gender affects war and international military interventions. Second, its attention

to complexity, highlighting the tensions and contradictions of gendered identities, adds to our knowledge of the variety of strategies through which masculinity is constructed, reasserted and transformed. Third, its reference to context and intersectionality is a reminder of the historicity of gender, thus strengthening our ability to avoid reified and essentialist visions of gendered social practice. Finally, the book explores, froma new angle, the British contribution to the interventions in Iraq and

Afghanistan, and, as such, it is innovative from an empirical perspective [...] A valuable and thoughtful contribution for understanding the way gender affects the social, cultural and organizational contexts of security." - International Peacekeeping


Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Duncanson, Claire

    Pages 1-17

  • Can Soldiers Ever Be Used to Achieve Peace? Feminists Debate Military Intervention

    Duncanson, Claire

    Pages 18-51

  • What Can We Learn from Soldiers’ Narratives? Methodologies and Methods

    Duncanson, Claire

    Pages 52-71

  • British Soldier Identities and the War-Fighting Ethos

    Duncanson, Claire

    Pages 72-102

  • British Soldiers Doing and Undoing Empire in Iraq and Afghanistan

    Duncanson, Claire

    Pages 103-133

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eBook $69.99
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Hardcover $95.00
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Softcover $90.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-349-32817-8
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  • This title is currently reprinting. You can pre-order your copy now.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Forces for Good?
Book Subtitle
Military Masculinities and Peacebuilding in Afghanistan and Iraq
Authors
Series Title
Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-31942-5
DOI
10.1057/9781137319425
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-28226-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-32817-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 193
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