Masculinity and Transitional Justice: An Exploratory Essay

Authored by: Brandon Hamber

Categories: Statebuilding
Sub-Categories: Democratization and Political Participation, Political Transitions, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV), Transitional Justice
Country: South Africa
Region: Sub-Saharan Africa
Year: 2007
Citation: Hamber, Brandon. "Masculinity and Transitional Justice: An Exploratory Essay." New York: International Journal of Transitional Justice 1, no.3 (2007): 375‑90.

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Executive Summary

In recent years, there has been a growing focus on including women in transitional justice processes. Some scholars question whether transitional justice mechanisms take obstacles for women, such as ongoing domestic violence, into account. This article follows this line of inquiry using the prism of ongoing violence against women in South Africa. It focuses on masculinity, and questions the degree to which masculinity, and violent masculinities in particular, are considered in transitional justice studies. The article calls for a nuanced understanding of masculinities and their relationship to transitional justice, and sets parameters for a more concerted study of the subject.