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War and Gender

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

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  • Date Published: August 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521001809

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  • Gender roles are nowhere more prominent than in war, yet our understanding of the relationship between gender and war is confused. Joshua Goldstein analyzes the near-total exclusion of women from combat forces, through history and across cultures. He concludes that killing in war does not come naturally for either gender, and that gender norms often mold men, women, and children to the needs of the war system.

    • Interdisciplinary; ranges across fascinating range of topics - from the Amazons to primate behaviour
    • Gets the story right; careful scholarship and comprehensive documentation
    • Easy to read and beautifully illustrated
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    • War and Gender has been selected as co-winner of the APSA's 2002 Victoria Schuck Award

    Reviews & endorsements

    "Goldstein has amassed a huge array of research, literature and anecdote in this comprehensive, cohesive overview of dozens of subtopics, from myths of Amazon warriors to changes in the design of GI Joe dolls over the decades." Publishers Weekly

    "...a fascinating book about an important issue. I thoroughly recommend it to everyone who has an interest in why we humans behave the way we do." Jane Goodall, primatologist, The Jane Goodall Institute

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521001809
    • length: 540 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 152 x 33 mm
    • weight: 0.8kg
    • contains: 44 b/w illus. 8 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. A puzzle: the cross-cultural consistency of gender roles in war
    2. Women warriors: the historical record of female combatants
    3. Bodies: the biology of individual gender
    4. Groups: bonding, hierarchy, and social identity
    5. Heroes: the making of militarised masculinity
    6. Conquests: sex, rape, and exploitation in wartime
    7. Reflections: the mutuality of gender and war.

  • Author

    Joshua S. Goldstein, American University, Washington DC
    Joshua Goldstein is Professor of International Relations at the American University, Washington DC. He is the author of several research works and textbooks, and has specialised in research into the management of regional conflicts.


    • War and Gender has been selected as co-winner of the APSA's 2002 Victoria Schuck Award
    • Co-winner of the 2010 International Studies Association's Book of the Decade Award

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