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Military Deployment, Masculinity and Trauma: Reviewing the Connections


Fox, J and Pease, B, Military Deployment, Masculinity and Trauma: Reviewing the Connections, The Journal of Men's Studies, 20, (1) pp. 16-31. ISSN 1060-8265 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.3149/jms.2001.16


This article reviews the literature on deployment trauma and examines the limitations of conventional understandings of trauma as they relate to veterans' experiences. It suggests that the failure to take into account social influences and social relationships limits the usefulness of conventional approaches to trauma. The article considers the role that masculinity plays in male veterans' experience of and sense making about trauma. It is suggested that while formal recognition of posttraumatic stress disorder in the DSM has provided a helpful language for veterans, it is an incomplete response. A new model of masculinity that better enables the male veteran to speak about trauma and to reconnect with others has implications for counselling practice with veterans.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:menís emotions, emotional inexpressiveness, privilege, pedagogy of discomfort
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Social work
Research Field:Social work not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Community services
Objective Field:Gender and sexualities
UTAS Author:Pease, B (Professor Bob Pease)
ID Code:102539
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2015-08-27
Last Modified:2017-10-17

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