Rethinking Silence, Gender, and Power in Insecure Sites: Implications for Feminist Security Studies in a Postcolonial World

Citation:

Parpart, Jane. 2020. "Rethinking Silence, Gender, and Power in Insecure Sites: Implications for Feminist Security Studies in a Postcolonial World." Review of International Studies 46 (3): 315-24.

Author: Jane Parpart

Abstract:

My current interest in silence, gender, and power owes much to discussions with Marysia Zalewski over the years. Much of my work has focused on masculinity, gender relations, and gender hierarchies with a focus on security and development in conflict zones. More recently, I have begun to explore silence not as a sign of disempowerment, but as a powerful force that can be used in many ways. This approach enables a more multi-levelled understanding of silence and voice and their many interactions. It has much to tell the Global North, where we prize voice and often underestimate the power of silence.

Keywords: silence, gender, insecurity

Topics: Development, Conflict, Gender, Masculinity/ies, Gendered Power Relations, Gender Hierarchies, Security

Year: 2020

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