Making Death Visible : Chechen Female Suicide Bombers in an Era of Globalization

TitleMaking Death Visible : Chechen Female Suicide Bombers in an Era of Globalization
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsBanner, Francine
PublisherArizona State University (Ph.D.)
CityTempe, AZ
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This dissertation investigates the historical, social and political circumstances that fostered Chechen women's engagement in suicide bombing from 2000 to 2004. Although approximately fifteen percent of suicide bombers worldwide have been female, academic research by and large focuses on male actors. When research does focus on women, it relies on stereotypical conceptions of men as more war-like and women as the weaker sex in order to label women who engage in political violence as deviant. Further, despite the intrinsic involvement of the body in acts of suicide bombing, studies of terrorism often highlight the Cartesian divide between reason and the body, characterizing violent actors either as irrational---crazy with despair---or rational---strategically defending their homeland. In life as lived, however, there is always a linkage among emotional, rational, and physical processes.

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