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Men in reserveBritish civilian masculinites in the Second World War$
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Juliette Pattinson, Arthur McIvor, and Linsey Robb

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781526100696

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526100696.001.0001

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Men in reserve: recovering the civilian man

Men in reserve: recovering the civilian man

(p.1) 1 Men in reserve: recovering the civilian man
Men in reserve

Juliette Pattinson

Arthur Mcivor

Linsey Robb

Manchester University Press

The chapter examines the consensus among historians that civilian men were compared unfavourably to the disciplined soldier, were emasculated by women’s new wartime roles and were rendered invisible in wartime representations. Having established the high status enjoyed by the ‘soldier hero’ in wartime discourse and by contrast, the fragile position of the male civilian, with reference to Connell’s concept of ‘hegemonic masculinity’, the chapter asserts that the construction of masculinity in fact remained open to contestation. Sources where the reserved man are depicted in a positive way are analysed. The chapter examines the rich array of source material that historians can, but have so far failed to, draw upon, including archival documents, visual sources and our newly conducted oral history interviews.

Keywords:   Masculinities, ‘hegemonic masculinity’, Emasculation, ‘Soldier Hero’

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