War and Gender
How Gender Shapes the War System and Vice Versa
By (author) Joshua S. Goldstein
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War and Gender by Joshua S. Goldstein
Book DescriptionGender roles are nowhere more prominent than in war. Yet contentious debates, and the scattering of scholarship across academic disciplines, have obscured understanding of how gender affects war and vice versa. In this authoritative and lively review of our state of knowledge, Joshua Goldstein assesses the possible explanations for the near-total exclusion of women from combat forces, through history and across cultures. Topics covered include the history of women who did fight and fought well, the complex role of testosterone in men's social behaviours, and the construction of masculinity and femininity in the shadow of war. Goldstein concludes that killing in war does not come naturally for either gender, and that gender norms often shape men, women, and children to the needs of the war system. lllustrated with photographs, drawings, and graphics, and drawing from scholarship spanning six academic disciplines, this book provides a unique study of a fascinating issue.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521001809
(228mm x 152mm x 31mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 17-Jul-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Joshua S. Goldstein
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War and Gender, Hardback (September 2001)» View all books by Joshua S. Goldstein
Goldstein explains the exclusion of women from combat across history and cultures.
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Author Biography - Joshua S. Goldstein
Joshua Goldstein is Professor of International Relations at the American University, Washington DC. He is the author of several research works and textbooks, and has specialised in research into the management of regional conflicts.
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