This handbook provides a comprehensive look at the study of gender and security in global politics.
The volume is based on the core argument that gender is conceptually necessary to thinking about central questions of security; analytically important for thinking about cause and effect in security; and politically important for considering possibilities of making the world better in the future. Contributions to the volume look at various aspects of studying gender and security through diverse lenses that engage diverse feminisms, with diverse policy concerns, and working with diverse theoretical contributions from scholars of security more broadly. It is grouped into four thematic sections:
- Gendered approaches to security (including theoretical, conceptual, and methodological approaches);
- Gendered insecurities in global politics (including the ways insecurity in global politics is distributed and read on the basis of gender);
- Gendered practices of security (including how policy practice and theory work together, or do not);
- Gendered security institutions (across a wide variety of spaces and places in global politics).
This handbook will be of great interest to students of gender studies, security studies and IR in general.
Table of Contents
Introduction, Editors PART I: Gendered Approaches to Security 1. Violence against Women/Violence in the World: Toward a Feminist Conceptualization of Global Violence, Jacqui True and Maria Tanyag 2. Gender, Structural Violence and Peace, Ronni Alexander 3. Gender, Race and the Insecurity of 'Security', Maryam Khalid 4. Feminist Narrative Approaches to Security, Annick T.R. Wibben and Akanksha Mehta 5. Gender, Feminism and War Theorizing, Laura Sjoberg 6. Men, Masculinity and Global Insecurity, Paul Higate 7. Gendered and Sexualized Figurations of Security, Cynthia Weber and Darcy Leigh 8. Do Queer Visions Trouble Human Security?, Michael J. Bosia 9. Feminist Violence and the In/Securing of Women and Feminism, Anne Sisson Runyan and Marysia Zalewski 10. Exploring Gendered Security Dynamics through Fieldwork and Ethnography, Megan Daigle PART II: Gendered Insecurities 11. Gender and War, Julia Welland 12. Gender and Terrorism, Caron E. Gentry 13. Gender and Everyday Violence, Alexandria J. Innes and Brent J. Steele 14. Gendered Militarism, Maya Eichler 15. The Gendered Political Economy of Insecurity, V. Spike Peterson 16. Gender and Genocide: Two Case Studies, Choman Hardi 17. Migration and Gendered Insecurities in Global Politics, Meghana Nayak 18. Gender, Violence and Technology, Cristina Masters 19. Wartime Sexual Violence, Paul Kirby 20. The Role of Gender in Mobilizing and Countering Fundamentalist Violent Extremist Organizations, Keith Proctor and Dyan Mazurana PART III: Gendered Security Practices 21. Embodied In/security as Care Needs, Tiina Vaittinen 22. Gender, Agency and Violence, Elina Penttinen 23. Memory, Trauma and Gendered Insecurity, David Duriesmith 24. The Gendered Myth of Protection, Cecila Ase 25. Sex, Sexuality, Reproduction and International Security, Anna L. Weissman 26. Gender, Popular Culture and (In)security, Linda Ahall PART IV: Gendered Security Institutions 27. Gender and the UN Women, Peace and Security Agenda, Nicole George, Katrina Lee-Koo, and Laura J. Shepherd 28. Peace Processes and Women's Inclusion, Kara Ellerby 29. Gender and Peacekeeping, Sabrina Karim 30. Gender and Post-Conflict Reconstruction, Laura McLeod 31. Gender and Security Sector Reform, Megan Bastick 32. Gender in International Security Organizations, Natalie Florea Hudson and Laura Huber 33. Gender and State Militaries, Melissa T. Brown 34. Gender in Paramilitary Organizations, Sandra McEvoy
Caron E. Gentry is a Senior Lecturer in the School of International Relations at the University of St Andrews, UK. She has published multiple books and journals articles, including, most recently, Beyond Mothers, Monsters, Whores (2015, with Laura Sjoberg) and Offering Hospitality: Questioning Christian Approaches to War (2013).
Laura J. Shepherd is a Professor of International Relations at the University of Sydney, Australia. She is also a Visiting Senior Fellow at the LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security in London, UK. She is author/editor of many books, including, most recently, Gender, UN Peacebuilding and the Politics of Space (2017).
Laura Sjoberg is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Florida, USA. She is author or editor of many books, including, most recently, Beyond Mothers, Monsters, Whores (2015, with Caron E. Gentry), Women as Wartime Rapists (2016), and Interpretive Quantification (2017, with J. Samuel Barkin).
'A comprehensive guide to the field of Feminist Security Studies. Its authors present a compelling case for why security cannot be understood without a gender lens. This Handbook is a must read for all those concerned with global security in its many dimensions.' -- J. Ann Tickner, American University, USA
'International explorations of security and insecurity are now in high gear. Amongst the most fruitful are those by investigators with an explicit gender curiosity. Delving into Gentry, Shepherd, and Sjoberg’s new Handbook is the surest way to get up to speed - and join in - this crucial international exploration.'-- Cynthia Enloe, author of The Big Push: Exposing and Challenging Persistent Patriarchy.
'This comprehensive Handbook reflects the diversity and complexities in the study of gender and security. As such, it is a valuable resource for advanced researchers. For those still testing these (scholarly) waters, the Handbook would be an excellent starting point.'-- Soumita Basu, South Asian University, India