- What impact does gender difference make to political decision-making? - Will the political empowerment of women contribute to a more peaceful world? The role of gender has been increasingly recognized as central to the study and analysis of the traditionally male domains of war and international relations. This book explores the key role of gender in peace research, conflict resolution and international politics. Rather than simply 'add gender' the aim is to transcend different disciplinary boundaries and conceptual approaches to provide a more integrated basis for future study. To this end it uniquely combines theoretical chapters alongside empirical case studies to demonstrate the i

The Problem of Essentialism
The problem of essentialism
DanSmith
The Appeal of Essentialism

How are people persuaded to support a political position, a movement, a programme, a candidate? Among a variety of possible political and communicative strategies, one that has proven effective is to appeal to a common identity. To take two examples from very different places in the political spectrum, consider first a remark by US Senator Robert Dole, part of his closing statement in his first debate with President Bill Clinton during the 1996 US presidential election campaign. Summing up himself and his candidacy, he said, ‘I know who I am and I know where I'm from’.1 Standing opposite the US President often denigrated as ‘Slick Willy’, this was a shrewd appeal to conservative, homespun, white ...

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