Handbook on Gender and War
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Handbook on Gender and War

Edited by Simona Sharoni, Julia Welland, Linda Steiner and Jennifer Pedersen

Gender and war are in many ways inextricably linked, and this path-breaking Handbook systematically examines the major issues surrounding this relationship. Each of its four sections covers a distinct phase of war: gender and opposition to war; gender and the conduct of war; gender and the impact of war; and gender and the aftermath of war. Original contributions from an international group of leading experts make use of a range of historical and contemporary examples to interrogate the multi-faceted connection between gender and war.
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Chapter 8: Gender-based violence in war

Laura Sjoberg


Gendered social structures are born and manifested in much of daily life in many places around the world. This chapter opens with a brief discussion of gendered social structures and how they might be mapped onto war(s). The second section discusses the gendered structures and impacts of ‘everyday’ violence in the making and fighting of wars. It then discusses gender-based violence, sex-specific targeting and women’s violence, and conclude by considering some of the implications of gender-based violence during war for the ways we think about both war and post-war justice.

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