1st Edition

Terrorism, Gender and Women Toward an Integrated Research Agenda

Edited By Alexandra Phelan Copyright 2021
    174 Pages
    by Routledge

    174 Pages
    by Routledge

    Terrorism, Gender and Women: Towards an Integrated Research Agenda encourages greater integration of gender-sensitive approaches to studies of violent extremism and terrorism.

    This book seeks to create and inspire a dialogue among scholars of conflict, terrorism and gender by suggesting the necessity of incorporating gender analysis to fill gaps within, and further enhance, our understanding of political violence. The chapters featured in the book interrogate how recent developments in the field– such as the proliferation of propaganda and online messaging, the "decline" or shifting presence of ISIS, the continued "rise" of far-right extremism, and the changing roles of women in political violence – necessitate a gendered understanding of radicalisation, participation, and of strategies to counter and prevent both violent extremism and terrorism. Taken together, they encourage a discussion of new ways in understanding how women and men can be affected by terrorism and violent extremism differently, and how involvement can often be influenced by highly gendered experiences and considerations.

    The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of the journal, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism.

    Special Issue Introduction for Terrorism, Gender and Women: Toward an Integrated Research Agenda

    Alexandra Phelan

    1. Women Too: Explaining Gender Ideologies of Ethnopolitical Organizations

    Victor Asal, Nazli Avdan and Nourah Shuaibi

    2. Part and Parcel? Examining Al Shabaab and Boko Haram’s Violence Targeting Civilians and Violence Targeting Women

    Hilary Matfess

    3. From Pawn to Knights: The Changing Role of Women’s Agency in Terrorism?

    Mia Bloom and Ayse Lokmanoglu

    4. Do White Supremacist Women Adopt Movement Archetypes of Mother, Whore, and Fighter?

    Mehr Latif, Kathleen Blee, Matthew DeMichele and Pete Simi

    5. Exceptional Inclusion: Understanding the PKK’s Gender Policy

    Ora Szekely

    6. Outbidding and Gender: Dynamics in the Colombian Civil War

    Alexis Henshaw

    7. The Lure of (Violent) Extremism: Gender Constructs in Online Recruitment and Messaging in Indonesia

    Melissa Frances Johnston, Muhammad Iqbal and Jacqui True

    8. Gendered Reflections? Extremism in the UK’s Radical Right and al-Muhajiroun Networks

    Elizabeth Pearson


    Dr. Alexandra Phelan is Lecturer in Politics and International Relations and Deputy Director of Monash Gender, Peace and Security Centre (Monash GPS), at Monash University, Australia.