Policing Men: Militarised Masculinity, Youth Livelihoods, and Security in Conflict-Affected Northern Uganda

TitlePolicing Men: Militarised Masculinity, Youth Livelihoods, and Security in Conflict-Affected Northern Uganda
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsTapscott, Rebecca
JournalDisasters
Volume42
IssueS1
PaginationS119-S139
Date Published12/2017
Abstract

Relations between militaries and masculinities—and hegemonic masculinity and the state—are well-established in the literature on gender and development. However, there is less research on how militarised masculinities relate to state governance strategies. This paper, based on qualitative research conducted in northern Uganda between 2014 and 2017, offers a gender analysis of youths participating in informal security arrangements. Civilian male youths accept poorly paid or unpaid work in the informal security sector in the hope of gaining access to livelihoods that will enable them to fulfil masculine ideal-types. However, this arrangement denies them the resources necessary to achieve the ideal-type of civilian masculinity, as well as the state's military masculinity, which produces young men as subjects of the ruling regime. To reconfigure this relationship between civilian and militarised masculinities, one should understand informal security organisations in the context of alternative livelihood arrangements and take a long-term approach to the demilitarisation of the Ugandan state. [publisher] 

URLhttps://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/disa.12274
Entry by GWC Assistants / Work by GWC Assistants : 

Type of Literature:

Time Period:

Countries: