Male roles, masculinities and violence:
A culture of peace perspective
Edited by: Ingeborg Breines, Robert Connell and Ingrid Eide
Ingeborg Breines, Robert Connell and Ingrid Eide
UNESCO Publishing, Cultures of Peace Series
ISBN: 92-3-103745-5 p.p. 288
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What are the connections between men and masculinity on the one hand
and peaceand war on the other? What are the best ways to change the traditional perception
ofmasculinity to make it more favourable to peace? In what ways can we best educateboys
and young men to embrace the spirit of a culture of peace? How shouldpeace-building
strategies handle questions of masculinities? These are crucialquestions that have, until
now, rarely been tackled.
The chapters in this book take as a point of departure the expert group meetingentitled
'Male Roles and Masculinities in the Perspective of a Culture of Peace', whichwas
organized by UNESCO in Oslo, Norway in 1997. The objective of the meetingwas to pool the
talents and energies of experts in this field to formulate practicalsuggestions for change
from the deep-rooted patterns of the culture of war to agender-sensitive culture of peace.
The chapters vary from regional case-studies from three continents to
social-scientific research on the connections of traditional masculinity and patriarchyto
violence and peace-building. The focus is on approaches that favour
masculinepeace-building capabilities than those that dwell on destructive capacities.
TheCulture of Peace initiatives in this book show how violence is ineffective, and thebook
contests the far-too-frequent views in the socialization of boy-children
thataggressiveness, violence and force are an acceptable means of expression and
couldcontribute to sustainable solutions to conflicts. These initiatives point towards an
exciting gender-balanced, post-patriarchal society for the next millennium.
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