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- 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

Is Femininity Inherently Peaceful?: The Construction of Femininity in War
Is femininity inherently peaceful?: The construction of femininity in war
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Introduction

At the heart of the science of psychology is the study of personality and different forms of identity. Ever since the 1860s, when Wilhelm Wundt conducted the first psychological experiments in his laboratory in Leipzig, the science of psychology has sought to understand how individuals form and are transformed by their social environment. The central aim has been to study the mechanisms which lead to normal behaviour, and to abnormal behaviour.

The study of international politics has a somewhat similar approach to its main focus – national and international conflicts. The researcher tries to describe and explain when, how and why conflicts are transformed into war, and ...

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