1st Edition

Gender Inclusive Essays on violence, men, and feminist international relations

By Adam Jones Copyright 2009
    336 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    336 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Gender Inclusive offers a challenging and unconventional reinterpretation of gender and mass violence.

    Compiling essays and excerpts drawn from nearly two decades of Adam Jones’s writing on gender and politics, this stimulating and diverse collection of essays explores vital issues surrounding ‘gendercide’ (gender-selective mass killing) including:


    • How gender shapes men and women as victims and perpetrators of mass violence, including genocide.
    • The range of gender-selective atrocities inflicted upon males, especially the gendercidal killing of civilian men of "battle age."
    • The victimization of women and girls worldwide, including the structural forms of violence ("gendercidal institutions") directed against them.
    • Genocidal violence throughout modern history, with a particular focus on the Balkans and Rwanda.
    • In-depth critiques of prevailing gender framings in academic scholarship, mass media, and the policy sphere.


    Adam Jones – recently selected as "one of fifty key thinkers in Holocaust and genocide studies" – contests prevailing interpretations of gender and violence, arguing that they fail to capture the broad range of gendered experience. His global-historical treatment is essential reading for anyone with an interest in genocide, human rights and gender studies.

    Part I: The Home Front  1. The Globe and Males: The Other Side of Gender Bias in Canada's National Newspaper  2. Of Rights and Men: Toward a Minoritarian Framing of Male Experience  Part II: Absent Subjects  3. Gender and Ethnic Conflict in Ex-Yugoslavia  4. Toward an International Politics of Gender  5. Effacing the Male: Gender, Misrepresentation, and Exclusion in the Kosovo War  6. Feminisms, Gender Analysis and Mass Violence: A Historiography  7. Worlding Men  Part III: Gendering Genocide  8. Pity the Innocent Men  9. The Murdered Men of Ciudad Juárez  10. Humiliation and masculine Crisis in Iraq  11. Gendercide and Genocide  12. Gender and Genocide in Rwanda  13. Problems of Gendercide  14. Why Gendercide? Why Root-and-Branch?  15. Genocide and Humanitarian Intervention: Incorporating the Gender Variable  16. Gendercidal Institutions Against Women and Girls  17. Straight as a Rule: Heteronormativity, Gendercide, and the Non-Combatant Male


    Adam Jones was born in Singapore in 1963, and grew up in England and Canada. He is currently Associate Research Fellow in the Genocide Studies Program at Yale University. He holds an M.A. from McGill University and a Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia, both in political science. He has edited two volumes on genocide: Gendercide and Genocide (Vanderbilt University Press, 2004) and Genocide, War Crimes & the West: History and Complicity (Zed Books, 2004). He has also published two books on the media and political transition. His scholarly articles have appeared in Review of International Studies, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Journal of Genocide Research, Journal of Human Rights, and other publications. He is cofounder and executive director of Gendercide Watch (www.gendercide.org), a web-based educational initiative that confronts gender-selective atrocities worldwide. Jones has lived and travelled in over 60 countries on every populated continent. His freelance journalism and travel photography, along with a selection of scholarly writings, are available at http://adamjones.freeservers.com. Email: [email protected]

    "In this collection of essays, Adam Jones examines in some depth the idea that men are specifically targeted in mass violence, drawing on compelling evidence of massacres of battle-age males from the classical wars to the twentieth century Holocaust and genocides. ... The collection also draws attention to male victims of mass violence, not only in an instrumental way, in order to better protect those considered more vulnerable, but also because they are victims in their own right and deserve protection and justice. ... Adam Jones brings a welcome sophistication to gender analysis in relation to mass violence, and specifically genocide. While the earlier essays are more provocative in challenging notions of female victimisation and male aggression as the dominant model, as his thinking evolves over the two decades covered in this collection, he retains a balance between the necessity of acknowledging the ways in which women are affected by mass violence, and what he terms gendercidal institutions, with a robust attempt to bring male suffering into the picture. ... For those seeking to push forward a more inclusive understanding of gender within their own work and institutions, this book provides inspiration and crucial evidence, to take forward that goal."
    - Rachel Hastie, Gender and Development, 17:3 (2009)