New publication by past CIS fellow Maya Eichler now available
Maya Eichler's new publication, Militarizing Men: Gender, Conscription, and War in Post-Soviet Russia , is now available from Stanford University Press. Maya Eichler was a Hayward R. Alker Postdoctoral Fellow here at CIS in 2009-10. She is currently a research fellow in Gender and International Security at the Harvard Kennedy School. This is her first book.
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Now available from Stanford University Press--
Militarizing Men: Gender, Conscription, and War in Post-Soviet Russia
by Maya Eichler
A state's ability to maintain mandatory conscription and wage war rests on the idea that a "real man" is one who has served in the military. Yet masculinity has no inherent ties to militarism. The link between men and the military, argues Maya Eichler, must be produced and reproduced in order to fill the ranks, engage in combat, and mobilize the population behind war.
In the context of Russia's post-communist transition and the Chechen wars, men's militarization has been challenged and reinforced. Eichler uncovers the challenges by exploring widespread draft evasion and desertion, anti-draft and anti-war activism led by soldiers' mothers, and the general lack of popular support for the Chechen wars. However, the book also identifies channels through which militarized gender identities have been reproduced. Eichler's empirical and theoretical study of masculinities in international relations applies for the first time the concept of "militarized masculinity," developed by feminist IR scholars, to the case of Russia.
Reviews about book:
"This important and engaging piece of scholarship neatly fills a gap in our understanding of masculinity and regime legitimation strategies. Eichler's thoroughly researched, multi-methodological study reveals the contested nature of militarized masculinity and its political ramifications. It constitutes a most welcome addition to Russian studies, gender studies, and international relations."—Valerie Sperling, Clark University
"This is an outstanding contribution to scholarship on gender and militarism in Russia. Eichler weaves together an excellent, historically-grounded interpretation of many important aspects of militarism in Russia (such as conscription, dedovshchina, the activism of soldiers' mothers, and treatment of Chechen war veterans). This book should be standard reading for anyone interested in understanding the culture and impact of militarism and masculinity in Russia."—Lisa McIntosh Sundstrom, University of British Columbia
"Anyone seeking to chart the militarization—and the occasional de-militarization—of masculinities should read this book. Maya Eichler is a such an engagingly keen investigator of Russian male veterans' deeply complex relationships to soldiering, femininity, wars and the state. Militarizing Men is proof that a feminist gender analysis of international politics is indispensable."—Cynthia Enloe, author of Nimo's War, Emma's War: Making Feminist Sense of the Iraq War
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