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Paul Higate & John Hopton

In: Handbook of Studies on Men & Masculinities

Chapter 25: War, Militarism, and Masculinities

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War, Militarism, and Masculinities
War, militarism, and masculinities
PaulHigate, JohnHopton

The nexus linking war, militarism, and masculinities has remained an enduring and consistent feature of societies and their cultures across time. Despite these close linkages, it is surprising that scholars have tended to overlook the masculinist dimensions of the military; in so doing, they have unwittingly preserved the naturalized dimension of military masculinity. This chapter's focus on the British military, an institution characterized by its unique role in the acquisition and maintenance of a global empire, aims to explore the connections between the armed forces and their masculinist culture.

According to one source, British defense spending is currently in the region of £36.9 billion ($60 billion), with a further £3 billion being set aside for the 2003 war ...

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