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(En)Gendering the War on Terror

War Stories and Camouflaged Politics, 1st Edition

By Kim Rygiel

Edited by Krista Hunt


252 pages

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The war on terror has been raging for many years now, and subsequently there is a growing body of literature examining the development, motivation and effects of this US-led aggression. Virtually absent from these accounts is an examination of the central role that gender, race, class and sexuality play in the war on terror. This lack of attention reflects a continued resistance by analysts to acknowledge and engage identity-related social issues as central elements within global politics. As this conflict spreads and deepens, it is more important than ever to examine how diverse international actors are using the war on terror as an opportunity to reinforce existing gendered, raced, classed and sexualized inter/national relations. This book examines the official war stories being told to the international community about why and against whom the war on terror is being waged. The book will benefit students, scholars and practitioners in the areas of international relations, women's studies and cultural studies.


'Urgently needed, this exciting collection breaks new ground to rearrange and enrich how we understand, and hence respond to, terrorism. Exposing the political work that war stories do, these accounts also prove the centrality of identity investments and the necessity of intersectional analyses.' V. Spike Peterson, University of Arizona, USA 'This work is a significant feminist intervention in contemporary debates about the global war on terror. By placing women from diverse communities at the centre of analysis, the contributors reveal the gendered and racialized dimensions of this conflict. An excellent resource for educators concerned about international relations and the US project of Empire-building, this book is also very accessible for a wider readership.' Sunera Thobani, University of British Columbia, Canada 'Taken together, this collection highlights crucial issues that feminist activists and scholars must continue to address in the years to come. It deserves to be widely read.' Digest of Middle East Studies 'The collection of essays in this book are particularly welcome as the first major attempt to provide a detailed account of the creation and functioning of gendered representations and to trace the often complex intersections as gender merges with race, religion and class…this collection will provide an indispensable foundation for future research.' International Feminist Journal of Politics '…this is a serious and thought-provoking volume which offers a quite different approach to a well-worn topic, and contains some challenges to conventional thinking.' Law Society Journal 'This is a valuable book. Prepared before the media began to critique current US foreign policy, it nicely details the deceptions and, perhaps, delisuions of the policy…one virtue of this book is that is stimulates many questions.' Journal of Women, Politics and Policy 'Both parts of the volume provide an original and interesting framework for understanding the rol

Table of Contents

Contents: Foreword, Cynthia Enloe; Series Editors' Preface, Pauline Gardiner Barber, Jane Parapart and Marianne Marchand; (En)gendered war stories and camouflaged politics, Krista Hunt and Kim Rygiel. Part I A War for/on Women's Rights: Post-9/11 Rescue Narratives: Between orientalism and fundamentalism: Muslim women and feminist engagement, Jasmin Zine; 'Embedded Feminism' and the war on terror, Krista Hunt; Benevolent invaders, heroic victims and depraved villains: white femininity in media coverage of the invasion of Iraq, Melisa Brittain; Rescue in the age of Empire: children, masculinity, and the war on terror, Catherine V. Scott. Part II A War on/of Terror: The Politics Of Control: White nationalism, illegality and imperialism: border controls as ideology, Nandita Sharma; Protecting and proving identity: the biopolitics of waging war through citizenship in the post-9/11 era, Kim Rygiel; The headscarf debate: Muslim women in Europe and the 'War on Terror', Jane Freedman; Is 'W' for women?, Zillah Eisenstein; Bibliography; Index.

About the Author/Editor

Krista Hunt is Adjunct Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto, Canada. Kim Rygiel is a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Political Science at York University, Canada.

About the Series

Gender in a Global/Local World

Gender in a Global/Local World

Gender in a Global/Local World critically explores the uneven and often contradictory ways in which global processes and local identities come together. Much has been and is being written about globalization and responses to it but rarely from a critical, historical, gendered perspective. Yet, these processes are profoundly gendered albeit in different ways in particular contexts and times. The changes in social, cultural, economic and political institutions and practices alter the conditions under which women and men make and remake their lives. New spaces have been created - economic, political, social - and previously silent voices are being heard. North-South dichotomies are being undermined as increasing numbers of people and communities are exposed to international processes through migration, travel, and communication, even as marginalization and poverty intensify for many in all parts of the world. The series features monographs and collections which explore the tensions in a ’global/local world’, and includes contributions from all disciplines in recognition that no single approach can capture these complex processes.

Please contact one of the editors if you have a proposal for consideration:

Jane Parpart: Jane.Parpart@umb.edu

Marianne H. Marchand: marianneh.marchand@udlap.mx

Rirhandu Mageza-Barthel: mageza-barthel@uni-kassel.de

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