Why Women Rebel: Understanding Women's Participation in Armed Rebel Groups

Why Women Rebel: Understanding Women's Participation in Armed Rebel Groups

by Alexis Leanna Henshaw

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Why Women Rebel presents a global analysis of the extent to which women are engaged in armed, organized rebellions, and why they choose to join such rebellions. Henshaw has collected and analyzed data on women’s participation in over 70 post-Cold War rebel groups. The book provides a theoretical analysis drawing upon both mainstream literature in the social sciences and critical, feminist inquiry on women and political violence to offer a new gendered theory on why women rebel.

The book reveals that women are active in over half of all rebel groups sampled and that, while the majority of rebel groups have women serving in support roles away from direct combat, approximately a third of these groups employ women in the conduct of armed attacks, and just over a quarter have women in a leadership capacity. Henshaw reaffirms the idea that women are more likely to be engaged in left-wing political organizations, but does suggest that more conservative or traditional movements may also successfully incorporate women by appealing to concerns about community rights.

Addressing several gaps in the current literature on this topic, this book will be of interest to academics in the fields of political science, international relations, security studies, and gender and women’s studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781315456591
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 12/08/2016
Series: Routledge Studies in Gender and Global Politics
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 133
File size: 927 KB

About the Author

Alexis Leanna Henshaw is Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science at Miami University, USA. Her research focuses on topics related to women, sexuality, and security.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction and Overview

Chapter 2. A Combatant by Any Other Name: Assessing What Women Do in War

Chapter 3. Comparing Mainstream and Feminist Theories on Rebellion

Chapter 4. Where Women Rebel: A Cross-National Analysis of Women’s Participation in Armed Rebel Groups

Chapter 5. Why Women Rebel: An Analysis of Women’s Participation in Rank-and-File Roles

Chapter 6. Where Women Lead: Gender and Leadership in Armed Rebel Groups

Chapter 7. Summary and Conclusions

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