(En)gendering the War on Terror: War Stories and Camouflaged Politics


Hunt, Krista, and Kim Rygiel, eds. 2006. (En)gendering the War on Terror: War Stories and Camouflaged Politics. London: Ashgate Publishing Company

Authors: Krista Hunt, Kim Rygiel


The war on terror has been raging for many years now, and subsequently there is a growing body of literature examining the development, motivation and effects of this US-led aggression. Virtually absent from these accounts is an examination of the central role that gender, race, class and sexuality play in the war on terror. This lack of attention reflects a continued resistance by analysts to acknowledge and engage identity-related social issues as central elements within global politics. As this conflict spreads and deepens, it is more important than ever to examine how diverse international actors are using the war on terror as an opportunity to reinforce existing gendered, raced, classed and sexualized inter/national relations. This book examines the official war stories being told to the international community about why and against whom the war on terror is being waged.

Keywords: war on terror, gender discourse, gender analysis, peace and security


Foreword by Cynthia Enloe
Series Editors' Preface by Pauline Gardiner Barber, Jane Parapart and Marianne Marchand

1. (En)gendered War Stories and Camouflaged Politics
Krista Hunt and Kim Rygiel

Part I A War For/On Women's Rights: Post-9/11 Rescue Narratives

2. Between Orientalism and Fundamentalism: Muslim Women and Feminist Engagement
Jasmin Zine

3. 'Embedded Feminism' and the War on Terror

Krista Hunt

4. Benevolent Invaders, Heroic Victims and Depraved Villains: White Femininity in Media Coverage of the Invasion of Iraq
Melisa Brittain

5. Rescue in the Age of Empire: Children, Masculinity, and the War on Terror
Catherine V. Scott.

Part II A War on/of Terror: The Politics Of Control

6. White nationalism, Illegality and Imperialism: Border Controls as Ideology
Nandita Sharma

7. Protecting and Proving Identity: the Biopolitics of Waging War through Citizenship in the Post-9/11 era
Kim Rygiel

8.The Headscarf Debate: Muslim Women in Europe and the 'War on Terror'
Jane Freedman

9. Is 'W' for Women?
Zillah Eisenstein


Topics: Gender, Gender Analysis, Gendered Discourses, Terrorism Regions: Americas, North America Countries: United States of America

Year: 2006

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