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Gender, Peace and Conflict

Gender, Peace and Conflict

First Edition
Edited by:
  • Inger Skjelsboek - International Peace Research Institute, Oslo, Norway
  • Dan Smith - International Peace Research Institute, Oslo, Norway

Other Titles in:
International Relations

240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Gender is increasingly recognized as central to the study and analysis of the traditionally male domains of war and international relations. This book explores the key role of gender in peace research, conflict resolution and international politics. Rather than simply 'add gender and stir', the aim is to transcend different disciplinary boundaries and conceptual approaches to provide a more integrated basis for research and study. To this end Gender, Peace and Conflict uniquely combines theoretical chapters alongside empirical case studies to demonstrate the importance of a gender perspective to both theory and practice in conflict resolution and peace research. The theoretical chapters explore the gender relationship and engage with the many stereotypical elisions and dichotomies that dominate and distort the issue, such as the polarized pairs of femininity and peace versus masculinity and war. The case study chapters (drawing on examples from South America, South Asia and Europe, including former Yugoslavia) move beyond theoretical critique to focus on issues such as sexual violence in war, the role of women in military groups and peacekeeping operations, and the impact of a 'critical mass' of women in political decision-making. Gender, Peace and Conflict provides an invaluable survey and new insights in a central area of contemporary research. It will be essential reading for academics, students and practitioners across peace studies, conflict resolution and international politics.
Angela E V King
Inger Skjelsb[a and e joined together]eak and Dan Smith
Dorota Gierycz
Women, Peace and the United Nations
Beyond Beijing

Dan Smith
The Problem of Essentialism
Inger Skjelsb[a and e joined together]aek
Is Femininity Inherently Peaceful?
The Construction of Femininity in War

Michael Salla
Women and War, Men and Pacifism
Errol Miller
Gender, Power and Politics
An Alternative Perspective

Drude Dahlerup
Women in Political Decision-Making
From Critical Mass to Critical Acts in Scandinavia

Anuradha M Chenoy and Achin Vanaik
Promoting Peace, Security and Conflict Resolution
Gender Balance in DecisionMaking

Eva Irene Tuft
Integrating a Gender Perspective in Conflict Resolution
The Colombian Case

Svetlana Slapsak
The Use of Women and the Role of Women in the Yugoslav War
Kumudini Samuel
Gender Difference in Conflict Resolution
The Case of Sri Lanka


Inger Skjelsboek

Dan Smith

Dan Smith took up the post of Secretary General of International Alert in December 2003, coming from a distinguished research career that led to active involvement in peace processes.... More About Author

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