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.

(En)gendered Terror: Feminist Approaches to Political Violence

(En)gendered terror: Feminist approaches to political violence


Sadly, the practices of violent politics show few signs of letting up, giving up, or relinquishing a hold on the imaginary of international politics and over the lives of so many people caught by it. (Sylvester, 2011a: 1)

Between 2003 and 2006 my research as an analyst in two policy think-tanks in India and Singapore1 allowed me to gain insight into the workings of the counter-terrorism industry that flourished after what was perceived as the dramatic and world-changing events of 9/11. Terrorism and political violence became the most widely studied and analysed global phenomenon; one estimate suggests that a new book on terrorism is published every six hours (Dolnik, 2011). Through policy research ...

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