Sex and World Peace by Valerie HudsonSex and World Peace by Valerie Hudson

Sex and World Peace

byValerie Hudson, Bonnie Ballif-Spanvill, Mary Caprioli

Hardcover | April 17, 2012

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Sex and World Peace unsettles a variety of assumptions in political and security discourse, demonstrating that the security of women is a vital factor in the security of the state and its incidence of conflict and war.

The authors compare micro-level gender violence and macro-level state peacefulness in global settings, supporting their findings with detailed analyses and color maps. Harnessing an immense amount of data, they call attention to discrepancies between national laws protecting women and the enforcement of those laws, and they note the adverse effects on state security of abnormal sex ratios favoring males, the practice of polygamy, and inequitable realities in family law, among other gendered aggressions.

The authors find that the treatment of women informs human interaction at all levels of society. Their research challenges conventional definitions of security and democracy and shows that the treatment of gender, played out on the world stage, informs the true clash of civilizations. In terms of resolving these injustices, the authors examine top-down and bottom-up approaches to healing wounds of violence against women, as well as ways to rectify inequalities in family law and the lack of parity in decision-making councils. Emphasizing the importance of an R2PW, or state responsibility to protect women, they mount a solid campaign against women's systemic insecurity, which effectively unravels the security of all.

Valerie M. Hudson is professor and George H.W. Bush Chair at The Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. Her research concerns foreign policy analysis, security studies, gender and international relations, and methodology, and her articles have appeared in such journals as International Security, Journal ...
Title:Sex and World PeaceFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pagesPublished:April 17, 2012Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231131828

ISBN - 13:9780231131827

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Table of Contents

List of MapsPreface and Acknowledgments1. Roots of National and International Relations2. What Is There to See3. When We Do See the Global Picture4. The Heart of the Matter: The Security of Women and the Security of States5. Wings of National and International Relations6. Wings of National and International Relations7. Taking WingAppendix A. Operationalizations for Data Analysis in Chapter 4Appendix B. Data Analysis Results for Chapter 4NotesContributorsIndex

Editorial Reviews

Since violence against females is the normalizer of all other forms of violence, this book is vital, from family life to foreign policy.