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- What impact does gender difference make to political decision-making?
- Will the political empowerment of women contribute to a more peaceful world?
The role of gender has been increasingly recognized as central to the study and analysis of the traditionally male domains of war and international relations.
This book explores the key role of gender in peace research, conflict resolution and international politics. Rather than simply 'add gender' the aim is to transcend different disciplinary boundaries and conceptual approaches to provide a more integrated basis for future study. To this end it uniquely combines theoretical chapters alongside empirical case studies to demonstrate the importance of a gender perspective to both theory and practice in conflict resolution and peace research.
The theoretical chapters explore the gender relationship and engage with the many stereotypical dichotomies like femininity and peace and masculinity and war. The case study chapters (drawing on examples from South America, South Asia and Europe, including former Yugoslavia) move beyond theoretical critique to focus on issues like sexual violence in war, the role of women in military groups and peacekeeping operations and the impact of a 'critical mass' of women in political decision-making.
Gender, Peace and Conflict will provide an invaluable survey and new insights to a central area of contemporary research. It will be essential reading for academics, students and practitioners across peace studies, conflict resolution and international politics.
Inger Skjelsbæk is a researcher at the International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO).
Dan Smith is Director of the International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO)
Forward - Angela E V King
Introduction - Inger Skjelsb[a and e joined together]eak and Dan Smith
Women, Peace and the United Nations - Dorota Gierycz
The Problem of Essentialism - Dan Smith
Is Femininity Inherently Peaceful? - Inger Skjelsb[a and e joined together]aek
The Construction of Femininity in War
Women and War, Men and Pacifism - Michael Salla
Gender, Power and Politics - Errol Miller
An Alternative Perspective
Women in Political Decision-Making - Drude Dahlerup
From Critical Mass to Critical Acts in Scandinavia
Promoting Peace, Security and Conflict Resolution - Anuradha M Chenoy and Achin Vanaik
Gender Balance in Decision Making
Integrating a Gender Perspective in Conflict Resolution - Eva Irene Tuft
The Colombian Case
The Use of Women and the Role of Women in the Yugoslav War - Svetlana Slapsak
Gender Difference in Conflict Resolution - Kumudini Samuel
The Case of Sri Lanka