International Handbooks on Gender series
Edited by Simona Sharoni, Julia Welland, Linda Steiner and Jennifer Pedersen
Introduction: revisiting the relationship between gender and war: reflections on theory, research, activism and policy
Gender has always been central to the practice and representation of war as well as to efforts to oppose war and rebuild societies in its aftermath. Feminist theorizing about gender and war, however, has only gained visibility and legitimacy in both the academy and among policymakers in the past three decades. The result is an impressive body of interdisciplinary literature that has gone far beyond its original home in disciplines such as International Relations. As the contributions to this Handbook underscore, feminist-informed scholarly debates on gender and war have expanded to include sociologists, anthropologists, historians, economists, geographers, and communication and media scholars, as well as scholars based in interdisciplinary fields like gender and sexuality studies and ethnic studies.