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The (In)Security of Gender in Afghanistan’s Peacebuilding Project: Hybridity and Affect

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)411-425
JournalInternational Feminist Journal of Politics
Volume19
Issue number4
Early online date1 Mar 2017
DOIs
Accepted/In press1 Jun 2016
E-pub ahead of print1 Mar 2017
Published2017

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Abstract

In this article I draw on a feminist approach to hybridity to explore interview data and observations from my field research in Afghanistan. I argue that there is a logic of masculinist protection influencing the affective environment of the peacebuilding project there. The combination of a perceived patriarchal context in Afghanistan and security routines protecting civilian internationals (and Afghan elites), which rely on hypermasculine signifiers, help to create and perpetuate the conditions in which the female (for both internationals and Afghans) is marked with insecurity. I point to hybridity between the foreign and female experience, as well as resistance and reflexivity within my research. Throughout I explore fragments of power hierarchies that cut through the meaning of gender, rendering the female state a disempowering one, always referenced in some uncertain, hybrid way as protected or in need of protection.

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