Violent conflict, climate change, and poverty present distinct threats to women worldwide. Importantly, women are leading the way creating and sharing sustainable solutions.
Women’s security is a valuable analytical tool as well as a political agenda insofar as it addresses the specific problems affecting women’s ability to live dignified, free, and secure lives. First, this collection focuses on how conflict impacts women’s lives and well-being, including rape and gendered constructions of ethnicity, race, and religion. The book’s second section looks beyond the scope of large-scale violence to examine human security in terms of environmental policy, food, water, health, and economics.
Multidisciplinary in scope, these essays from new and established contributors draw from gender studies, international relations, criminology, political science, economics, sociology, biological and ecological sciences, and planning.
Richard A. Matthew is associate dean of research and international programs and professor of urban planning and public policy in the School of Social Ecology at the University of California, Irvine. More info →
The late Patricia A. Weitsman was professor of political science and director of war and peace studies at Ohio University. More info →
Gunhild Hoogensen Gjørv is professor of peace and conflict studies at the Centre for Peace Studies, UiT The Arctic University of Norway. More info →
Nora Davis is a researcher at the University of California, Irvine, School of Social Ecology. More info →
Tera Dornfeld received her PhD from the University of California, Irvine, School of Social Ecology and works on environmental advocacy and policy. More info →
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Carment and Samy investigate the dynamics of state transitions in fragile contexts, with a focus on states trapped in fragility. They consider fragility’s evolution in trapped countries; in those that move in and out of it; and in those that have exited it, thus taking a major step toward a new theory of the so-called fragility trap.
Taking everyday practices and interactions as their focus, contributors draw on various theoretical perspectives to examine how tensions between humanitarianism and security are negotiated at the local level. They thus show how asylum seekers are produced as suspicious subjects by the very systems to which they appeal for protection.
This book contributes to an increasingly significant interdisciplinary field that focuses on ethics, methods, and the politics of gender-based violence. Its contributors, the majority of whom are based in Africa, offer concrete examples of how to undertake responsible research in African contexts. Their close and careful analyses of gender, violence, and patriarchy provide an important corrective to simplistic and reductionist gender-based studies.
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