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Forces for Good?

Military Masculinities and Peacebuilding in Afghanistan and Iraq


Part of the Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies book series (RCS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Claire Duncanson
    Pages 1-17
  3. Claire Duncanson
    Pages 161-164
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 165-193

About this book


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.


Soldiers masculinity intervention peacebuilding Iraq Afghanistan feminism gender identity methodology methods Peace Peacebuilding transformation

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of Social and Political ScienceUniversity of EdinburghEdinburghUK

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.

Bibliographic information


"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