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Why Women Rebel: Understanding Women's Participation in Armed Rebel Groups

Alexis Leanna Henshaw (Bucknell University, USA)



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17 January 2019
Peace studies & conflict resolution; Gender studies: women; Revolutionary groups & movements
Why Women Rebel presents a global analysis of the extent to which women are engaged in armed, organized rebellions, and why they choose to join such rebellions. Henshaw has collected and analyzed data on women's participation in over 70 post-Cold War rebel groups. The book provides a theoretical analysis drawing upon both mainstream literature in the social sciences and critical, feminist inquiry on women and political violence to offer a new gendered theory on why women rebel.

The book reveals that women are active in over half of all rebel groups sampled and that, while the majority of rebel groups have women serving in support roles away from direct combat, approximately a third of these groups employ women in the conduct of armed attacks, and just over a quarter have women in a leadership capacity. Henshaw reaffirms the idea that women are more likely to be engaged in left-wing political organizations, but does suggest that more conservative or traditional movements may also successfully incorporate women by appealing to concerns about community rights.

Addressing several gaps in the current literature on this topic, this book will be of interest to academics in the fields of political science, international relations, security studies, and gender and women's studies.
By:   Alexis Leanna Henshaw (Bucknell University USA)
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm, 
Weight:   272g
ISBN:   9780367221522
ISBN 10:   0367221527
Series:   Routledge Studies in Gender and Global Politics
Pages:   147
Publication Date:   17 January 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Further / Higher Education ,  A / AS level
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
1. Introduction and Overview 2. A Combatant by Any Other Name: Assessing What Women Do in War 3. Comparing Mainstream and Feminist Theories on Rebellion 4. Where Women Rebel: A Cross-National Analysis of Women's Participation in Armed Rebel Groups 5. Why Women Rebel: An Analysis of Women's Participation in Rank-and-File Roles 6. Where Women Lead: Gender and Leadership in Armed Rebel Groups 7. Summary and Conclusions

Alexis Leanna Henshaw is Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science at Miami University, USA. Her research focuses on topics related to women, sexuality, and security.

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