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 21st 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 understood women's (told and untold) war experiences in the greater context of the gendered nature of global social and political life.
Full Product DetailsAuthor: Carol Cohn , Cynthia Enloe
Publisher: Polity Press
Imprint: Polity Press
Dimensions: Width: 17.20cm , Height: 2.50cm , Length: 24.20cm
ISBN 10: 0745642454
Publication Date: 19 October 2012
Audience: Professional and scholarly , Professional & Vocational
Publisher's Status: Active
Availability: In Print
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Too often, women remain invisible in times of war. With contributions from scholars, activists, and policymakers, Women and Wars uncovers stories about women's multiple roles as warriors, war victims, and peacebuilders. An important text for anyone concerned with the tragic consequences of today's wars. And a reminder that wars are always gendered. J. Ann Tickner, School of International Relations, University of Southern California With its diverse, thoughtful, and theoretically rich perspectives on gender, conflict and violence this book stands out from the crowd as an exceptional and interdisciplinary contribution to the field. This will be a valuable resource for scholars and practitioners and should be treated as a 'go to' resource giving an exciting perspective on the state of the field in gender and war. Megan Mackenzie, University of Sydney The book provides a comprehensive picture the current scholarship on women and war as well as detailed and disturbing accounts of the lives of women during and after many recent wars. It would be an ideal text for a variety of courses on international and human security. Craig Murphy, Wellesley College
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