Peacekeeping masculinities, intersectionality, and gender equality – negotiations of military life and civilian life by Danish soldier/veteran-parents

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Combining the work of peacekeeping and parenting can lead to dilemmas in the work/life balance of individual soldier/parents. Simultaneously, ideals of ‘peacekeeping masculinities’ can potentially be used in struggles for gender equality in peacekeeping. Our aim is to discuss whether and how ‘peacekeeping masculinities’ is a useful concept and tool to increase our thinking on what it means to be both a ‘good soldier’ and a ‘good parent’. We ask two questions: (1) (How) can the notion of ‘peacekeeping masculinities’ help us analyse the relations between bodies and binaries in peacekeeping and parenting? (2) (How) can an intersectional approach to ‘peacekeeping masculinities’ help us analyse dilemmas in gendered negotiations between peacekeeping and parenting? We argue that peacekeeping masculinities and intersectionality often are used as buzzwords instead of directly related to clearly identified struggles for gender equality. This provides limits to their usefulness. Since military life and civilian life are both separate and related fields, it is useful to combine a focus on peacekeeping and parenting to make better use of the notion of peacekeeping masculinities. We illustrate the argument with interviews with male and female soldier/veteran-parents from the Royal Danish Air Force (RDAF), who have been on international peacekeeping missions.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftNorma: Nordisk tidsskrift for maskulinitetsstudier
Vol/bind17
Udgave nummer1
Sider (fra-til)5-20
Antal sider16
ISSN1890-2138
DOI
StatusUdgivet - feb. 2022

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