Gender and Political Violence
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Gender and Political Violence

Women Changing the Politics of Terrorism
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Candice D. Ortbals
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Chapter 1:  Introduction.- Part I: Women as Perpetrators.- Women as Guerillas.- Women in Terrorist Cells.- Part II:  Women as Victims of Terrorism.- Women as Victims of Genocide and Gendercide.- Women and girls as targets of terrorist cells.- Part III: Women as Respondents.- Social Movements.- Memory Politics.- Elites.- Part IV:  Public Opinion and Terrorism.- Interactions between sex, gender and support for terrorism.- Conclusion.
This book examines the role of gender in political conflicts worldwide, specifically the intersection between gender and terrorism. Political violence has historically been viewed as a male domain with men considered the perpetrators of violence and power, and women as victims without power. Whereas men and masculinity are associated with war and aggression, women and femininity conjure up socially constructed images of passivity and peace. This distinction of men as aggressors and women as passive victims denies women their voice and agency. This book investigates how women cope with and influence violent politics, and is both a descriptive and analytical attempt to describe in what ways women are present or absent in political contexts involving political violence, and how they deal with gender assumptions, express gender identities, and frame their actions regarding political violence encountered in their lives. The book looks to reach beyond the notion of women as victims of terrorism or genocide without agency, and to recognize the gendered nature of political conflicts and how women respond to violence. This book will be of interest to advanced undergraduate and graduate students in political science, sociology, cultural studies, and gender studies, academics in terrorism studies and gender studies, government officials, NGOs, and professionals working in areas of violent conflict.