Gender, Feminism, and Attitudes toward International Conflict: Exploring Relationships with Survey Data from the Middle East

TitleGender, Feminism, and Attitudes toward International Conflict: Exploring Relationships with Survey Data from the Middle East
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1997
AuthorsTessler, Mark, and Ina Warriner
JournalWorld Politics
Volume49
Issue2
Pagination250-281
Abstract

In an effort to contribute to the dialogue between gender studies and international studies, this report presents findings from an empirical investigation based on the integrated secondary analysis of survey data from Israel, Egypt, Palestine, and Kuwait. The goal is to assess the utility of both gender and attitudes pertaining to the circumstances of women in accounting for variance in views about war and peace, and thereafter to examine the degree to which political system attributes constitute conditionalities associated with important variable relationships. Major findings include the absence of gender-linked differences in attitudes toward international conflict in all four of the societies studied and a significant relationship in each of these societies between attitudes toward gender equality and attitudes toward international conflict. Based on data from the Arab world and Israel, with attitudes about a peaceful resolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict treated as the dependent variable, the research also aspires to shed light on more practical considerations pertaining to the international relations of the Middle East.

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