Bombshell Women and Terrorism

ISBN-10: 0812243900
ISBN-13: 9780812243901
Edition: 2011
Authors: Mia Bloom
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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Publication date: 9/6/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 320
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.606
Language: English

Between 1985 and 2008, female suicide bombers committed more than 230 attacks-about a quarter of all such acts. Women have become the ideal stealth weapon for terrorist groups. They are less likely to be suspected or searched and as a result have been used to strike at the heart of coalition troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. This alarming tactic has been highly effective-garnering extra media attention and helping to recruit more numbers to the terrorists' cause. Yet as Mia Bloom explains in Bombshell: Women and Terrorism, female involvement in terrorism is not confined to suicide bombing and not limited to the Middle East. From Northern Ireland to Sri Lanka, women have been engaged in all manner of terrorist activities, from generating propaganda to blowing up targets. What drives women to participate in terrorist activities? Bloom-a scholar of both international studies and women's studies-blends scrupulous research with psychological insight to unearth affecting stories from women who were formerly terrorists. She also moves beyond gender stereotypes to examine the conditions that really influence female violence, arguing that while women terrorists can be just as bloodthirsty as their male counterparts, their motivations tend to be more intricate and multilayered. Through compelling case studies she demonstrates that though some of these women volunteer as martyrs, many more have been coerced by physical threats or other means of social control. As evidenced by the March 2011 release of Al Qaeda's magazine Al Shamikha, dubbed the jihadi Cosmo, it is clear that women are the future of even the most conservative terrorist organizations, and until women are profiled and suspected, the groups will not shift their operations. Bombshellis a groundbreaking book that reveals the inner workings of a shocking, unfamiliar world.

Mia Bloom is an assistant professor of International Affairs at the University of Georgia in Athens. She is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and member of the Council of World Affairs. She has published numerous articles on war, terrorism, and ethnic conflict, and her research investigates atrocities across several regions, contrasting the Middle East with South Asia, Europe, and Africa. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia, and Crail, Scotland.

Preface
Prologue: Moscow March 2010
A Brief History of Terror and the Logic of Oppression
The Black Widow Bombers
The Pregnant Bomber
The Scout
The Future Bombers
The Crucial Links
The Recruiters and Propagandists
The Fours Rs plus One
Notes
Select Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index

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