1st Edition

Building Peace Feminist Perspectives

Edited By Laura J. Shepherd Copyright 2017
    120 Pages
    by Routledge

    120 Pages
    by Routledge

    Moving seamlessly from the global to the local, from the politics of institutions to the theoretical apparatus through which we analyse peace and security governance, the contributions to this volume draw attention to the operations of gendered power in peacebuilding across diverse contexts and explore the possibilities of gender-sensitive, sustainable peace. The authors have wide-ranging expertise in gendered analysis of the peacebuilding practices of international and national organisation, detailed and complex qualitative analysis of the gendered politics of peacebuilding in specific country contexts, and feminist analysis of the tools we use to think with when approaching contemporary debates about peacebuilding. The volume thus serves not only as a useful marker of the development of feminist encounters with peacebuilding but also as a foundation for future scholarship in this area.

    This book was originally published as a special issue of the journal Peacebuilding.

    1. Victims of violence or agents of change? Representations of women in UN peacebuilding discourse Laura J. Shepherd

    2. A seat at the table is not enough: understanding women’s substantive representation in peace processes Kara Ellerby

    3. The relationship of political settlement analysis to peacebuilding from a feminist perspective Fionnuala Ní Aoláin

    4. Light, heat and shadows: women’s reflections on peacebuilding in post-conflict Bougainville Nicole George

    5. ‘What is wrong with men?’: revisiting violence against women in conflict and peacebuilding Donna Pankhurst

    6. Decolonising gender and peacebuilding: feminist frontiers and border thinking in Africa Heidi Hudson

    7. Feminists building peace and reconciliation: beyond post-conflict Elisabeth Porter


    Laura J. Shepherd is Associate Professor of International Relations at the University of New South Wales, Australia, and a Visiting Senior Fellow in the Centre for Women, Peace and Security at the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK. Her primary research engages the motifs of participation and protection that characterise debates about women, peace and security in global politics.