Gendered practices in institutions of hegemonic masculinity

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Vital knowledge about gender relations can be gained through the study of military and defense organizations. Such insititutions of hegemonic masculinity tend to represent and reify specific notions of masculinity in ways that make it the norm. The article suggests that such insititutions can be approached through feminist methodology, for example, by using critical analysis to question what appears 'normal' in institutional practice and by listening to the voices of women who challenge the norms of hegemonic masculinity by engaging in daily institutional practice. The article relates 'women's voices' and this 'site' of knowledge to feminist methodology by developing the standpoint perspective. It is argued that the notion of struggle formulated in standpoint theory is a useful way to understand the knowledge gained by women engaging with institutions of hegemonic masculinity, and an important contribution to the understanding of gender dynamics. Furthermore, it proposes that this 'site' of knowledge production will become increasingly relevant as women in rising numbers are taking positions within defense and military institutions and challenging historically embedded norms of hegemonic masculinity.


  • Annica Kronsell
Research areas and keywords

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  • Political Science


  • military and defense institutions, feminist knowledge, feminist standpoint, hegemonic masculinity
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)280-298
JournalInternational Feminist Journal of Politics
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Publication categoryResearch