Gender, Agency and Political Violence

Authored by: Linda Åhäll, Laura J. Shepherd (Editors)

Categories: Violent Conflict
Sub-Categories: National Security Forces and Armed Groups, Violent Extremism
Country: North Caucases, North Korea, Northern Ireland, Iraq, Uruguay, India, United States
Region: South and Central Asia
Year: 2012
Citation: Åhäll, Linda and Laura J. Shepherd, eds. Gender, Agency and Political Violence. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., 2012.

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This book’s authors analyze the multiple ways in which acts (and perpetrators) of violence, strategies of resistance and efforts at conflict resolution are gendered, by considering the conditions, maintenance and interpretation of political violence. Specifically, they engage with the constitution of gendered subjects and gendered agents in a range of different contexts of violence, to illustrate the importance of contextualized analysis. They show that political violence is not the exclusive preserve of non-state actors, but that individuals, resistance movements, paramilitaries and state (or state-sponsored) organizations perpetrate violence in pursuit of political objectives.