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Title: Masculinized Strategic Studies: It’s Impact on the Daily Discourse of Security Policies
Other Titles: SOCIAL TRENDS, Vol. 6, March 2019, p 204 - 218
Authors: Shayesta Nishat Ahmed
Keywords: Masculinized Security Studies
Strategic Culture
Militarized Security
Gendered Bias
Issue Date: Mar-2019
Publisher: University of North Bengal
Abstract: The paper deliberates on addressing the question as to how the masculine streak in the security structure appears as “normal” and why does it get normalized in the security structure. It would look into how the shortcomings of the conventional perceptions and decision-making have impacted the national security concerns of the state as it is generally taken for granted that the national security discourses are built along the lines of masculinist high politics. The military bend of International Relations working in close quarters with disciplines like Security Studies, comes up with a subdued response to the numerous hurdles in the security of humans and the environment. The paper is divided into four parts; the first part attempts at looking into the background and defining the concept of “masculinity”; masculinity in international security studies and at the different variants of masculinity and the different layers of masculinist traditions that are spread across the spectrum. In the second part, the paper looks at the absorption of qualitative masculinist attributes that permeate the discipline of international security studies. In the third part, the paper examines the military bend of masculinity in security studies. The fourth and the final part of the paper talks about how the masculinist trend plays a role in promoting the gendered biases against both the male and female victims in the light of the eschewed gendered security policies.
ISSN: 2348-6538
Appears in Collections:Vol. 6 (March 2019)

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