Gendering Global Conflict: Toward a Feminist Theory of War

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Columbia University Press, Aug 13, 2013 - Political Science - 464 pages
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Laura Sjoberg positions gender and gender subordination as key factors in the making and fighting of global conflict. Through the lens ofgender, she examines the meaning, causes, practices, and experiences of war, building a more inclusive approach to the analysis of violent conflict between states.

Considering war at the international, state, substate, and individual levels, Sjoberg's feminist perspective elevates a number of causal variables in war decision-making. These include structural gender inequality, cycles of gendered violence, state masculine posturing, the often overlooked role of emotion in political interactions, gendered understandings of power, and states' mistaken perception of their own autonomy and unitary nature. Gendering Global Conflict also calls attention to understudied spaces that can be sites of war, such as the workplace, the household, and even the bedroom. Her findings show gender to be a linchpin of even the most tedious and seemingly bland tactical and logistical decisions in violent conflict. Armed with that information, Sjoberg undertakes the task of redefining and reintroducing critical readings of war's political, economic, and humanitarian dimensions, developing the beginnings of a feminist theory of war.

  

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Contents

Chapter
13
Chapter 2
44
Chapter 3
68
Chapter 4
106
Chapter 5
132
Gendered Strategy
185
Chapter 8
217
Chapter 6
247
Chapter 9
248
A Feminist Theoryies of Wars
279
Notes
301
Index
439
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About the author (2013)

Laura Sjoberg is associate professor of political science, affiliated with the Center for Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Florida. Her research focuses on theoretical and empirical approaches to gender and security, including war theorizing and the study of women's violence.

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