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Key insights into masculinities and violent extremism from a brief literature review

Okumba Mirukaemail-imageOkumba Miruka

Okumba Miruka is an Adjunct Lecturer at the Cooperative University of Kenya. His research centres around the social construction of gender, men’s involvement in combating gender-based violence and gender and politics. He is currently engaged as a self-employed consultant on development issues and as a columnist on gender issues for Nation Media Group, the largest media house in East and Central Africa. ;

email-image okumba.miruka@cuk.ac.ke

Abstract

This article offers a brief review of the literature that explores the link between masculinities and violent extremism. A content analysis was carried out to isolate common themes that were then analysed for insights. The majority of violent extremists are men, and this article suggests that it is therefore imperative to question the link between these two variables. The justifications for the investigation are explored in relation to the idea that masculinities are drivers of violent extremism. Common patterns emerging from the literature review are teased out, and the article hypothesises that individual differences and a multiplicity of common factors lead to violent extremism. Three potential conceptual frameworks are then proposed for researching masculinities and violent extremism, with a view to prompting investigations that seek to solve actual problems.

Keywords

radicalisationmasculinitiesfemininitiessocialisationviolent extremismgender normsidentity
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Published on: 22 June 2023
Volume: 11
Issue: Supplementary issue 1
Article ID: 103
Pages:103 - 128
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Miruka (2023), ' Key insights into masculinities and violent extremism from a brief literature review ', Journal of the British Academy, 11(Supplementary issue 1): 103 https://doi.org/10.5871/jba/011s1.103

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Key insights into masculinities and violent extremism from a brief literature review

Okumba Mirukaemail-imageOkumba Miruka

Okumba Miruka is an Adjunct Lecturer at the Cooperative University of Kenya. His research centres around the social construction of gender, men’s involvement in combating gender-based violence and gender and politics. He is currently engaged as a self-employed consultant on development issues and as a columnist on gender issues for Nation Media Group, the largest media house in East and Central Africa. ;

email-image okumba.miruka@cuk.ac.ke