Militarism, Masculinity, and Empathy

  • Gary Olson
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Political Science book series (BRIEFSPOLITICAL, volume 10)


In recent years, the gendered dimension of US imperialism has received increasing attention. Certainly, the dominant organizations supporting the empire are gendered, and it behooves us to incorporate an understanding of the masculinization of these institutional subcultures into our analysis of empathy. Professor Robert Jensen has noted the close overlap between how men are socialized and the mission of the US military’s killing machine, referring to its “Dominance and conquest through aggression and violence, in the service of deepening and extending elite control over the resources and markets of the world.”1 Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Blood Politics, depicts this perverse construction of masculinity, coupled with warfare, as “mutually reinforcing enterprises.”


Mirror Neuron System Marine Corps Survivor Guilt Dominant Organization Combat Role 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gary Olson
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceMoravian CollegeBethlehemUSA

Personalised recommendations