Female Suicide Bombings: A Critical Gender Approach

Female Suicide Bombings: A Critical Gender Approach

by Tanya Narozhna, W. Andy Knight


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As media coverage of terrorism and terroristic acts has increased so too has the discussion about the identities, motives, and gender of the perpetrators. Over the past fifteen years, there have been over 150 reported suicide bombings committed by women around the world. Because of its prominence in media reporting, the phrase “female suicide bomber” has become loaded with gendered notions and assumptions that elicit preconditioned responses in the West.

Female Suicide Bombings critically examines and challenges common assumptions of this loaded term. Tanya Narozhna and W. Andy Knight introduce female suicide bombings as a socio-political practice and a product of deeply politicized, gendered representations. Drawing on a combination of feminist and post-colonial approaches as well as terrorism studies literature, the authors seek to transcend ideological divisions in order to enhance our understanding of how gender, power, and academic practices influence our perceptions of female suicide bombings.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781487520045
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date: 07/20/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Tanya Narozhna is an Associate Professor of Global Politics at the University of Winnipeg.

W. Andy Knight is a professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Alberta.

Table of Contents


Chapter One: Mapping the Framework: Key Terms and Concepts

Chapter Two: The History of Modern Female Suicide Bombings: Contextualizing Acts of Violence

Chapter Three: Female Suicide Bombings: Between Agential Choice and Structural Determinism

Chapter Four: Gender, Power, and Violence: Exploring the Organizations behind Female Suicide Bombings

Chapter Five: Global Power, Knowledge, and the Politics of Difference in the Representations of Female Suicide Bombings

Chapter Six: Counter-Terrorism, Gender, and Human Security


What People are Saying About This

Michael G. Schechter

Female Suicide Bombings does a good job of contrasting a critical approach to a problem-solving one. Knight and Narozhna provide many excellent examples of a critical feminist approach as well as show the limitations of traditional research.”

Vesselin Popovski

“The themes discussed in Female Suicide Bombings are attractive, little known and will generate interest among scholars. Tanya Narozhna and W. Andy Knight have done a great amount of original research and investigation.”

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