Gender, Sex and the Postnational Defense: Militarism and Peacekeeping

Hardcover | March 14, 2012

byAnnica Kronsell

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Scholars have argued that the end of the Cold War and the War on Terror have radically changed the context of war and defense, diminished the role of nation-states in favor of multi-lateral defense activities, and placed a new focus on human security. In addition to the traditional act ofwar-making, peacekeeping and nation-building have emerged as important defense strategies among wealthy, liberal-democratic nations. Per UN Security Council Resolution 1325, adopted in 2000, all member nations must consider the needs of women and girls during repatriation, resettlement, andpost-conflict reconstruction efforts. Kronsell's book looks at the way that a post-national defense influenced by SC 1325 and focused on human security affects gender relations in militaries. Interestingly, despite the successful implementation of gender mainstreaming in training, the number of women involved in military peacekeepingremains low. Contradicting much of the gender mainstreaming literature, Kronsell shows that increasing gender parity in the military is a more achievable task than increasing women's participation.Employing a feminist constructivist institutional approach, her book questions whether "feminism" must always be equated with peace and anti-militarism, if military violence committed with the purpose of enhancing human security can be performed according to a feminist ethics, and if militaryinstitutions can ever be gender neutral. Kronsell builds her theoretical argument on a case study of Sweden and the E.U.

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Scholars have argued that the end of the Cold War and the War on Terror have radically changed the context of war and defense, diminished the role of nation-states in favor of multi-lateral defense activities, and placed a new focus on human security. In addition to the traditional act ofwar-making, peacekeeping and nation-building hav...

Annica Kronsell is Associate Professor of Political Science at Lund University, Sweden.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:192 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:March 14, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199846065

ISBN - 13:9780199846061

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List of abbreviationsIntroduction1. Mothers, Soldiers and Nation in the 'Neutral' Defense2. Gender, Sexuality and Institutions of Hegemonic Masculinity3. The Post-National Defense and the Cosmopolitan Military4. Post-national Peacekeeping and the Construction of Sex and Gender5. Defense and Military Governance in the EU: A cosmopolitan military in the making?6. ConclusionsNotesReferencesIndex