Introduction: Becoming a Man in a Post-conflict Society

  • Stratis Andreas Efthymiou


This chapter explains how the author began drawing the links between nationalism, militarism and masculinity. Questioning how to develop as a man in a dynamic, post-conflict culture, where his family political views opposed the dominant discourse, he realized how his masculinity questions were interlinked with the conflict culture shaped by nationalism and militarism. He examines how three major political events that it was hoped would bring about peace were encumbered by nationalism, militarism and masculinity re-adapting in sustaining a position of power for the community. These are the opening of the borders, the Annan Plan referendum and the accession of Cyprus to the European Union (EU). The author introduces the failure of these events to bring the communities together through his own experience of them whilst a soldier in the Cyprus National Guard.


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  • Stratis Andreas Efthymiou
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  1. 1.University of Applied SciencesBerlinGermany

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