Murderousness in war: from My Lai to Marine A

Sandra Walklate, Ross McGarry

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It is not new to observe that murderous behaviour, both inter-and intracombatants and civilians, occurs in times of war. Neither is it particularly startling to observe that the violence and aggression of wartime situations is largely, though not exclusively, associated with men and a version of masculinity that is valorised in these contexts. The legitimising of such gendered behaviour is made forthright within British Army Doctrine (Ministry of Defence, 2012: 2-18, para. 0235e):The British soldier should embody a warrior spirit. He should be tough, resilient, innovative, highly-motivated, and compassionate. He should have an offensive spirit and a desire to get to grips with adversaries and challenges. He should not hesitate to engage in combat – to fight – using controlled violence when necessary.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHomicide, Gender and Responsibility
Subtitle of host publicationAn International Perspective
EditorsKate Fitz-Gibbon, Sandra Walklate
Place of PublicationAbingdon Oxon UK
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781317550617, 9781315730981
ISBN (Print)9781138843479
Publication statusPublished - 22 Mar 2016
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameRoutledge Studies in Crime and Society

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