War and Gender How Gender Shapes the War System and Vice Versa

ISBN-10: 0521001803
ISBN-13: 9780521001809
Edition: 2003
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Description: Gender roles are nowhere more prominent than in war. Yet contentious debates, and the scattering of scholarship across academic disciplines, have obscured understanding of how gender affects war and vice versa. In this authoritative and lively  More...

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Book details

List price: $44.99
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 7/17/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 540
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.156
Language: English

Gender roles are nowhere more prominent than in war. Yet contentious debates, and the scattering of scholarship across academic disciplines, have obscured understanding of how gender affects war and vice versa. In this authoritative and lively review of our state of knowledge, Joshua Goldstein assesses the possible explanations for the near-total exclusion of women from combat forces, through history and across cultures. Topics covered include the history of women who did fight and fought well, the complex role of testosterone in men's social behaviors, and the construction of masculinity and femininity in the shadow of war. Goldstein concludes that killing in war does not come naturally for either gender, and that gender norms often shape men, women, and children to the needs of the war system. lllustrated with photographs, drawings, and graphics, and drawing from scholarship spanning six academic disciplines, this book provides a unique study of a fascinating issue.

Joshua S. Goldstein, is an associate of the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University and a leading expert on war. His books include International Relations and War and Gender: How Gender Shapes the War System and Vice Versa. He lives in Amherst, MA.

List of figures
List of tables
Preface
A puzzle: the cross-cultural consistency of gender roles in war
Introduction
The universal gendering of war
The universal potential for war
Feminist theories of war and peace
Conclusion
Women warriors: the historical record of female combatants
Introduction
Female combat units
Mixed-gender units
Individual women fighters
Women military leaders
Conclusion
Bodies: the biology of individual gender
Introduction
Genetics
Testosterone levels
Size and strength
Brains and cognition
Female sex hormones
Conclusion
Groups: bonding, hierarchy, and social identity
Introduction
Male bonding
Ability to work in hierarchies
In-group/out-group psychology
Childhood gender segregation
Conclusion
Heroes: the making of militarized masculinity
Introduction
Test of manhood as a motivation to fight
Feminine reinforcement of soliders' masculinity
Women's peace activism
Conclusion
Conquests: sex, rape, and exploitation in wartime
Introduction
Male sexuality as a cause of aggression
Feminization of enemies as symbolic domination
Dependence on exploiting women's labor
Conclusion
Reflections: the mutuality of gender and war
References
Index

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