Women and Wars: Towards a Conceptual Framework

TitleWomen and Wars: Towards a Conceptual Framework
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsCohn, Carol
EditorCohn, Carol
Book TitleWomen and Wars
Pagination1-35
PublisherPolity Press
CityCambridge, UK
Abstract

Volume: Where are the women? In traditional historical and scholarly accounts of the making and fighting of wars, women are often nowhere to be seen. With few exceptions, war stories are told as if men were the only ones who plan, fight, are injured by, and negotiate ends to wars. As the pages of this book tell, though, those accounts are far from complete. Women can be found at every turn in the gendered phenomena of war. Women have participated in the making, fighting, and concluding of wars throughout history, and their participation is only increasing at the turn of the twenty-first century. Women experience war in multiple ways: as soldiers, as fighters, as civilians, as caregivers, as sex workers, as sexual slaves, refugees and internally displaced persons, as anti-war activists, as community peace-builders, and more. This book at once provides a glimpse into where women are in war, and gives readers the tools to understand women's (told and untold) war experiences in the greater context of the gendered nature of global social and political life.

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