Women in Zones of Conflict: Power and Resistance in Israel

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, Oct 6, 2005 - Political Science - 168 pages
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Filling a void in feminist studies of women and war, Women in Zones of Conflict challenges the traditional view, which suggests a natural connection between women and pacifism, based on the feminine qualities of caring, cooperation, and empathy. Feminist studies of nationalism also envision women as either victimized by patriarchy within nationalist movements or as adopting masculine qualities to conform to the culture of their male compatriots. Jacoby takes an alternative approach, considering how women are situated across the political spectrum. She argues that when categories other than gender - such as class, ethnicity, religion, and political perspective - are considered, there is no single perspective on what it means to be a woman in conflict.
 

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Contents

1 Gender Structures and Womens Resistance in Israel
3
2 The Zionist Woman
28
3 Women and the Israeli Military
39
4 Women Organized Religion and the Family in Israel
53
5 The Womens Peace Movement
68
6 Women in the NationalReligious Camp
90
7 The Campaign for Women in Combat in Israel
112
8 Conclusions
129
Notes
145
References
153
Index
163
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Tami Amanda Jacoby is assistant professor, political studies, and research fellow, Centre for Defence and Security Studies, University of Manitoba, and co-editor of Redefining Security in the Middle East.

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