- 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
Chapter 4: Women & War, Men & Pacifism
Women & War, Men & Pacifism
Among the enduring stereotypes encountered in analyses of the roles of men and of women in decisionmaking processes on war and peace is the view that women are less likely than men to adopt decisions that lead to the organized use of force in resolving domestic and international conflict. It is also suggested that, primarily as a result of socialization, women are ‘peace-oriented’ while men are ‘war-oriented’.
Such stereotypes have elicited a range of responses from feminists. Some have argued that these views should be adopted; many have subsequently argued that women have a unique role in furthering peace through a greater participatory role in domestic and international institutions. On the other hand, others have ...