Gendering Counterinsurgency: Performativity, Embodiment and Experience in the Afghan 'Theatre of War'

TitleGendering Counterinsurgency: Performativity, Embodiment and Experience in the Afghan 'Theatre of War'
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsDyvik, Synne
PublisherRoutledge
CityLondon
Abstract

The book examines the US led war in Afghanistan from 2001 onwards, including the invasion, the population-centric counterinsurgency operations and the efforts to train a new Afghan military charged with securing the country when the US and NATO withdrew their combat forces in 2014. Through an analysis of key counterinsurgency texts and military memoirs, the book explores how gender and counterinsurgency are co-constitutive in numerous ways. It discusses the multiple military masculinities that counterinsurgency relies on, the discourse of ‘cultural sensitivity’, and the deployment of Female Engagement Teams (FETs). Developing the concept of ‘embodied performativity’ this book shows how the clues to understanding counterinsurgency, as well as gendering war more broadly are found in war’s everyday gendered manifestations. [Routledge]

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