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NATO, Gender and the Military

Women Organising from Within, 1st Edition

By Katharine A.M. Wright, Matthew Hurley, Jesus Ignacio Gil Ruiz


170 pages | 5 B/W Illus.

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This book examines NATO's engagement with gender issues through its military structures.

Drawing on newly declassified NATO documents, this volume provides the first comprehensive account of NATO’s long-established engagement with gender issues. These documents bring to the fore the stories of the NATO women and ‘gendermen’ who have organised within NATO across the decades to advocate on gender issues and highlights the continued challenges to pursuing transformative agendas within resistant institutions. The book argues that NATO is an institution of international hegemonic masculinity, with gender norms and values learned by member and partner states through socialisation and the engagement of a masculinist protection logic. It therefore provides an important context for NATO’s recent implementation of the Women, Peace and Security agenda encapsulated in UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and the seven follow-up resolutions. The volume interrogates how Women, Peace and Security has mapped on to NATO’s pre-existing concerns as a global security actor, providing impetus for further critical knowledge building of NATO which centres on gender.

This book will be of interest to students and scholars of NATO, Critical Military Studies, Gender Studies, Critical Security Studies and IR in general.

Table of Contents


1. NATO as an Institution of International Hegemonic Masculinity

2. The Long View: Situating NATO’s Engagement with Women, Peace and Security

3. NATO Women and ‘Gendermen’

4. Gendering NATO’s Core Tasks: Collective Defence, Crisis Management and Cooperative Security

5. Military Visions of a Gender Perspective

Conclusion: Engaging NATO’s gender story

About the Authors

Katharine A. M. Wright is aLecturer in International Politics, Newcastle University, UK.

Matthew Hurley is aLecturer in Politics, Sheffield Hallam University, UK.

Jesus Ignacio Gil Ruiz was the formerChief of the NATO IMS Office of the Gender Advisor.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Gender and Security

The Routledge Studies in Gender and Security series looks to publish books at the intersection of gender studies, international relations, and Security Studies. It will publish a broad sampling of work in gender and security – from private military companies to world wars, from food insecurity to battlefield tactics, from large-n to deconstructive, and across different areas of the world. In addition to seeking a diverse sampling of substantive work in gender and security, the series seeks a diverse author pool – looking for cutting-edge junior scholars alongside more established authors, and authors from a wide variety of locations and across a spectrum of backgrounds.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Military / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Intergovernmental Organizations
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Feminism & Feminist Theory
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies