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Why Women Rebel

Understanding Women's Participation in Armed Rebel Groups, 1st Edition

By Alexis Leanna Henshaw


133 pages

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Why Women Rebel presents a global analysis of the extent to which women are engaged in armed, organized rebellions, and why they choose to join such rebellions. Henshaw has collected and analyzed data on women’s participation in over 70 post-Cold War rebel groups. The book provides a theoretical analysis drawing upon both mainstream literature in the social sciences and critical, feminist inquiry on women and political violence to offer a new gendered theory on why women rebel.

The book reveals that women are active in over half of all rebel groups sampled and that, while the majority of rebel groups have women serving in support roles away from direct combat, approximately a third of these groups employ women in the conduct of armed attacks, and just over a quarter have women in a leadership capacity. Henshaw reaffirms the idea that women are more likely to be engaged in left-wing political organizations, but does suggest that more conservative or traditional movements may also successfully incorporate women by appealing to concerns about community rights.

Addressing several gaps in the current literature on this topic, this book will be of interest to academics in the fields of political science, international relations, security studies, and gender and women’s studies.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction and Overview

Chapter 2. A Combatant by Any Other Name: Assessing What Women Do in War

Chapter 3. Comparing Mainstream and Feminist Theories on Rebellion

Chapter 4. Where Women Rebel: A Cross-National Analysis of Women’s Participation in Armed Rebel Groups

Chapter 5. Why Women Rebel: An Analysis of Women’s Participation in Rank-and-File Roles

Chapter 6. Where Women Lead: Gender and Leadership in Armed Rebel Groups

Chapter 7. Summary and Conclusions

About the Author

Alexis Leanna Henshaw is Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science at Miami University, USA. Her research focuses on topics related to women, sexuality, and security.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Gender and Global Politics

In this series, we aim to publish books that work with, and through, feminist insights on global politics, and illuminate the ways in which gender functions not just as a marker of identity but also as a constitutive logic in global political practices. This series welcomes scholarship on any aspect of global political practices, broadly conceived, that pays attention to the ways in which gender is central to, (re)produced in, and is productive of, such practices.

There is growing recognition both within the academy and in global political institutions that gender matters in and to the practices of global politics. From the governance of peace and security, to the provision of funds for development initiatives, via transnational advocacy networks linked through strategic engagement with new forms of media, these processes have a gendered dimension that is made visible through empirically grounded and theoretically sophisticated feminist work.

The series aims to be genuinely global in scope. We welcome submissions from scholars in/of the global South and support scholars for whom English is a second or other language through the publication process with dedicated editorial assistance. The series is also multi-disciplinary, publishing work from across the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences with a global aspect and political focus.

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