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date: 17 June 2019

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This chapter uses intersectionality theory and practice to analyze the gendered nature of armed conflict, particularly with respect to understanding the construction of conflict-related identities. It argues that gender, as an intersectional concept that encompasses masculinity, plays an important role in constructing an understanding of a conflict. The chapter begins with a basic overview of intersectionality as it applies to conflict settings. Looking at both the conflict in Northern Ireland and German reunification, it provides examples of how applied intersectionality can enhance understandings of gender, race, and class. The chapter discusses the importance of institutional responses to underlying structural inequalities that are often revealed by intersectional analysis. It closes with an examination of how intersectionality functions as a legal tool, examining a police strategy for the protection of Muslim women in Canada, as well as a study of conflict-related female fatalities in Northern Ireland.

Keywords: intersectionality, conflict-related identities, structural inequality, Northern Ireland, Germany, Canada, class, race

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