At no point in recorded history has there been an absence of intense, and heated, discussion about the subject of how to conduct relations between women and men. This Handbook provides a comprehensive guide to these omnipresent issues and debates, mapping the present and future of thinking about feminist theory.

The chapters gathered here present the state of the art in scholarship in the field, covering: Epistemology and marginality; Literary, visual and cultural representations; Sexuality; Macro and microeconomics of gender; Conflict and peace.

The most important consensus in this volume is that a central organizing tenet of feminism is its willingness to examine the ways in which gender and relations between women and men have been (and are) organized. The authors bring a shared commitment to the critical appraisal of gender relations, as well as a recognition that to think ‘theoretically’ is not to detach concerns from lived experience but to extend the possibilities of understanding.

With this focus on theory and theorizing about the world in which we live, this Handbook asks us, across all disciplines and situations, to abandon our taken-for-granted assumptions about the world and interrogate both the origin and the implications of our ideas about gender relations and feminism.

It is an essential reference work for advanced students and academics not only of feminist theory, but of gender and sexuality across the humanities and social sciences.

War, Violence and Militarization
War, violence and militarization
MarshaHenry

Introduction

The fact that women and men are equally – albeit differently – affected by organized violence must be highlighted, and the complex, multi-faceted and ambivalent roles played by women and men during times of war and peace must be engaged with to avoid the perpetuation of incomplete understandings. (Hudson, 2005: 162)

Issues of war, violence and militarization dominate contemporary mediascapes, and yet it is that men and women experience these in distinctive ways that are often obscured or, conversely, overemphasized in much popular culture. How discourses of violence and war play out on the bodies of male and female subjects has been the concern of feminist scholars interested in asking critical gender questions such as ‘where are the women?’ ...

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