Violence: The measure of a man? - Ana Maria Buller

It has been said that violence is part of an exaggerated version of masculinity but the link between violence and masculinities is far from clear.

  • Is violence inherent in men or is it something that men learn?
  • What are masculinities and how are they constructed?

To address these questions, this Learning Lab

  • reviews some of the main theories around masculinities
  • explores links between masculinities and violence at both the structural and interpersonal levels
  • draws on the results of an ethnographic study conducted with young men from a deprived setting in Lima, Peru.

Dr Ana Maria Buller is research fellow at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). A social scientist, she has 12 years’ experience in conducting research in sexual and reproductive health, health services research, masculinities and violence and gender-based violence against women and men who have sex with men. Her main interest lies in the intersection of violence, development and health in the Latin American region. Currently, she leads a study to further understand the impact of cash transfers on household dynamics and domestic violence on the border between Ecuador and Colombia. She is also involved in a study exploring the impact of human trafficking and labour exploitation on health in Peru, Argentina, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. Both studies include men and women.

Buller's presentation references classic texts on masculinities. (Unfortunately, these are not available as open access.)

You can learn about STRIVE's work on the connection between gender violence and HIV here.

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