Sexing the Soldier
The Politics of Gender and the Contemporary British Army
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Sexing the Soldier by Ms Rachel Woodward
Book DescriptionSexing the Soldier takes a critical look at how gender - what it means to be a man or a woman - is understood within the contemporary British Army, and the political and practical consequences of this. Drawing on original research, this informaive volume looks at: * the history and structure of the British Army as a masculine institution * personnel policies which deal with gender issues * the construction of ideas about military masculinities and femininities within the Army * media representations of the figure of the soldier. Using case studies ranging from the exclusion of women from direct combat posts, to the issues surrounding bullying, this book argues that we need a fuller, more nuanced assessment of gender issues in the military that moves beyond the simplistic ideas about women's and men's 'natural' capacities for soldiering.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415392556
(234mm x 156mm x 12mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 5-Jul-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Ms Rachel Woodward
Sexing the Soldier, Hardback (July 2007)
Presents a look at how gender is understood within the contemporary British Army. Drawing on original research, this book puts forward an argument that dominant ideas about gender, evident in areas as diverse as policy documents and cultural practices, potentially limit rather than enhance operational effectiveness.
Military Geographies, Paperback (May 2004)» View all books by Ms Rachel Woodward
Military Geographies is about how local space, place, environment and landscape are shaped by military presence, and about how wider geographies are touched by militarism. * A book about how local space, place, environment and landscape are shaped by military presence, and about how wider geographies are touched by militarism.
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Author Biography - Ms Rachel Woodward
Rachel Woodward is Reader in Critical Geography at Newcastle University. She is the author of Military Geographies (2004) and of numerous scholarly articles on military geographical and sociological issues. Trish Winter is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Sunderland. She is the author of a number of articles on military representation and gender issues in the Armed Forces.
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