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.

Gender, Genocide and Gendercide

Gender, genocide and gendercide


This chapter explores the relevance of Mary-Anne Warren's concept of ‘gendercide’ to the study of mass violence against females and males alike. As a result of feminist mobilizations and increasing media coverage and public debate, gender-selective mass killing and other gender-related atrocities have become prominent subjects of scholarly analysis. They have also increasingly underpinned policy initiatives by national governments as well as international governmental and non-governmental organizations (IGOs and NGOs). This chapter explores feminist engagements with gendered mass violence, particularly in its structural and institutional forms. However, following Warren's original gender-inclusive framing of ‘gendercide’, this essay also reflects the author's adaptation of Warren's framework in order to encompass the gender-selective targeting of males in understandings of ‘gendercide’. This ...

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