Feminist Continua in Peace and Conflict Studies


Donahoe, Amanda E. 2019. "Feminist Continua in Peace and Conflict Studies." In The Palgrave Handbook of Global Approaches to Peace, edited by Aigul Kulnazarova and Vesselin Popovski, 87-107. Cham: Springer International Publishing.

Author: Amanda E. Donahoe


This chapter defines and then engages a feminist lens to explore gender within peace and conflict studies. The heuristic of a continuum, a series of elements that share a basic character, is used to critique the use of dichotomies such as male/female, peace/war, strong/weak, active/passive, and public/private. Looking at these concepts as continua rather than in binary form allows for more critical understanding of the complexities of peace and violence, power and participation, and challenges the hierarchy implicit in these dichotomies.

Topics: Conflict, Feminisms, Gender, Peace Processes, Violence

Year: 2019

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