Gendering Global Conflict: Toward a Feminist Theory of War

TitleGendering Global Conflict: Toward a Feminist Theory of War
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsSjoberg, Laura
Number of Pages480
PublisherColumbia University Press
CityNew York
Abstract

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. [Publisher Description]

URLhttp://www.jstor.org/stable/10.7312/sjob1486
Short TitleGendering Global Conflict
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