How military technology shapes the prevailing hegemonic conception of masculinity
Supervisor: Professor Nicholas Wheeler and Dr Peter Gray (Co-supervisors)
It has recently been claimed that changes in military technology has led to a 'feminization' of the military and a decline in the importance of hegemonic masculinity to the construction of the individual warrior (Kummel 2002).
However, this project aims to investigate the counter hypothesis that far from seeing a relaxing of the importance of masculinity the military is undergoing a cultural shift through the pluralising of masculinities and remains as resistant to 'the feminine Other' as it ever was.
With the increased reliance on technology (and the distancing of the warrior from the theatre of war) as a means of demonstrating the changing nature of warfare, this project aims to consider how these technological advances are affecting the 'ideal type' of warrior in the modern military by using a case study of drone pilots.
From a feminist standpoint, this research will emphasise the continued importance of gender and gendered roles in the military, considering how these are constructed in relation to new technologies and how these roles might be affected by the rise of the 'techno-geek'.
Lindsay Murch is a doctoral researcher in the ICCS and POLSIS and a research assistant in the developing field of drone warfare.
BSc Econ European Politics & International Relations Cardiff University
MA International Relations (Diplomacy) UoB
Drone warfare, ethics and strategic concerns
Security and power
American foreign policy
Gender in the Military