War and Gender: How Gender Shapes the War System and Vice Versa

TitleWar and Gender: How Gender Shapes the War System and Vice Versa
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsGoldstein, Joshua S.
Number of Pages523
PublisherCambridge University Press

Gender roles are nowhere more prominent than in war. Yet contentious debates, and the scattering of scholarship across academic disciplines, have obscured understanding of how gender affects war and vice versa. In this authoritative review of our state of knowledge, Goldstein assesses the possible explanations for the near-total exclusion of women from combat forces, through history and cross cultures. Topics covered include the history of women who did fight and fought well, the complex role of testosterone in men's social behaviors, and the construction of masculinity and femininity in the shadow of war. Goldstein concludes that killing in war does not come naturally for either gender, and that gender norms often shape men, women, and children to the needs of the war system. Illustrated with photographs, drawings, and graphics, and drawing from scholarship spanning six academic disciplines, War and Gender translates and synthesizes our latest understanding of gender roles in war.

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Short TitleWar and Gender
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