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Gender, War and Conflict / Edition 1
     

Gender, War and Conflict / Edition 1

by Laura Sjoberg
 

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ISBN-10: 0745660010

ISBN-13: 9780745660011

Pub. Date: 06/23/2014

Publisher: Wiley

From Pakistan to Chechnya, Sri Lanka to Canada, pioneering women are taking their places in formal and informal military structures previously reserved for, and assumed appropriate only for men. Women have fought in wars, either as women or covertly dressed as men, throughout the history of warfare, but only recently have they been allowed to join state militaries,

Overview

From Pakistan to Chechnya, Sri Lanka to Canada, pioneering women are taking their places in formal and informal military structures previously reserved for, and assumed appropriate only for men. Women have fought in wars, either as women or covertly dressed as men, throughout the history of warfare, but only recently have they been allowed to join state militaries, insurgent groups, and terrorist organizations in unprecedented numbers.

This begs the question - how useful are traditional gendered categories in understanding the dynamics of war and conflict? And why are our stories of gender roles in war typically so narrow? Who benefits from them? In this illuminating book, Laura Sjoberg explores how gender matters in war-making and war-fighting today. Drawing on a rich range of examples from conflicts around the world, she shows that both women and men play many more diverse roles in wars than either media or scholarly accounts convey. Gender, she argues, can be found at every turn in the practice of war; it is crucial to understanding not only ‘what war is’, but equally how it is caused, fought and experienced.

With end of chapter questions for discussion and guides to further reading, this book provides the perfect introduction for students keen to understand the multi-faceted role of gender in warfare. Gender, War and Conflict will challenge and change the way we think about war and conflict in the modern world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745660011
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
06/23/2014
Series:
Gender and Global Politics Series
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Chapter 1. Introducing Gender, War, and Conflict
  • Chapter 2. Where are the Women?
  • Chapter 3. Where are the Men?
  • Chapter 4. Why Men and Women Are Not Enough
  • Chapter 5. Redefining War, Understanding Gender
  • Chapter 6. War(s) as if Gender Mattered
  • References

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