Forces for Good?: Military Masculinities and Peacebuilding by C. Duncanson

By C. Duncanson

This booklet utilises the starting to be phenomenon of British soldier narratives from Iraq and Afghanistan to discover how British squaddies make experience in their position on those advanced, multi-dimensional operations. It goals to intrude within the debates inside serious feminist scholarship over no matter if infantrymen can ever be brokers of peace.

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From the outset, our people are prepared for both high intensity conflict and for the less intense, but equally demanding, peace support operations’ (Ministry of Defence 2004: 7). The claim that you have to be prepared for war to win the peace is reiterated by many senior British soldiers. Chris Bellamy, a former soldier turned academic, argues that ‘local populations have the most respect for peacekeepers who are also unmistakably professional soldiers, robust in their manner and well equipped’, and that ‘some of the hardest, toughest fighting soldiers in the world excel in peace-support operations’ (Bellamy 2001).

They are seen as dilemmas about methods, about the pace and order of the transition to liberal market democracies. For the Critical Security Studies scholars, it is not just the manner, but the end result of peacebuilding which is suspicious – not necessarily liberalism, markets, or democracy per se, but the current version of neo-liberal market fundamentalism that currently dominates geopolitics. When peace operations are discussed in popular legal, media and policy discourses in the West, they argue, the role of neo-liberal market economics is neglected, and conflicts are presented as having causes rooted in ancient hatreds or problems associated with under-development; and intervention is presented as a manifestation of ‘the natural laws of economics, state creation and protection of human rights’ (Duffield 2001: 109–117; Pugh 2004: 48).

4 Imperialism is defined by The Dictionary of Human Geography as ‘the creation and/or maintenance of an unequal economic, cultural, and territorial relationship, usually between states and often in the form of an empire, based on domination and subordination’ (Johnston et al. 2000). The neo-prefix is generally understood as distinguishing current geopolitical practices of using neo-liberal economic policies to control and exploit a theoretically sovereign state from previous eras of Empire which involved more direct territorial control.

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