Genders and Sexualities in History

Men, Masculinities and Male Culture in the Second World War

Editors: Robb, Linsey, Pattinson, Juliette (Eds.)

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  • Assesses male identities, roles and representations during the Second World WarBrings together cutting-edge research examining both military and civilian experiences of wartime
  • Provides an overview of recent research in the subject area of masculinities and warfare
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This edited collection brings together cutting-edge research on British masculinities and male culture, considering the myriad ways British men experienced, understood and remembered their exploits during the Second World War, as active combatants, prisoners and as civilian workers. It examines male identities, roles and representations in the armed forces, with particular focus on the RAF, army, volunteers for dangerous duties and prisoners of war, and on the home front, with case studies of reserved occupations and Bletchley Park, and examines the ways such roles have been remembered in post-war years in memoirs, film and memorials. As such this analysis of previously underexplored male experiences makes a major contribution to the historiography of Britain in the Second World War, as well as to socio-cultural history, cultural studies and gender studies.

About the authors

Linsey Robb is Lecturer in History at Northumbria University, UK, and is a social and cultural historian specialising in the study of gender in the Second World War. Key publications include Men at Work (Palgrave, 2015), and Men in Reserve (2017), co-authored with Juliette Pattinson and Arthur McIvor. She is currently researching British conscientious objection during the Second World War.
Juliette Pattinson is Reader at the University of Kent, UK, and a gender historian specialising in the Second World War. Key publications include Behind Enemy Lines (2007), Men in Reserve (2017)  and three co-edited collections: Fighting for Britain? (2015), British Cultural Memory and the Second World War (2014) and War in a Twilight World (2010).

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • Becoming Visible: Gendering the Study of Men at War

    Robb, Linsey (et al.)

    Pages 1-22

  • Fantasies of the ‘Soldier Hero’, Frustrations of the Jedburghs

    Pattinson, Juliette

    Pages 25-46

  • ‘Man, Lunatic or Corpse’: Fear, Wounding and Death in the British Army, 1939–45

    Newlands, Emma

    Pages 47-69

  • ‘Pinky Smith Looks Gorgeous!’ Female Impersonators and Male Bonding in Prisoner of War Camps for British Servicemen in Europe

    Makepeace, Clare

    Pages 71-95

  • Becoming ‘a Man’ During the Battle of Britain: Combat, Masculinity and Rites of Passage in the Memoirs of ‘the Few’

    Houghton, Frances

    Pages 97-117

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Men, Masculinities and Male Culture in the Second World War
Editors
  • Linsey Robb
  • Juliette Pattinson
Series Title
Genders and Sexualities in History
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Macmillan Publishers Ltd., part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-1-349-95290-8
DOI
10.1057/978-1-349-95290-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-349-95289-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-95787-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 218
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations, 5 illustrations in colour
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