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By Laura Sjoberg

This compelling, interdisciplinary compilation of essays files the large, intersubjective relationships among gender, battle, and militarism in 21st-century international politics.

• 17 essays through best feminist students from throughout disciplines

• An creation and end explaining the book's theoretical framework and key insights

• Tables and charts

• A bibliography

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Spike Peterson demonstrates that “thinking through intersectionality” allows us to see that militarism in the 21st century as intimately related to a presumption of heteronormative hypermasculinity, where not only women but minorities and other men who do not meet idealized images of the just warrior are devalorized through feminization. Stephanie Anderson explores the salience of feminization at the state level, as her chapter explains the EU’s need to build a (redundant and ineffectual) military structure in terms of attempting to shed a feminized (and therefore devalorized) image as a soft power in international politics.

With these conceptual frameworks laid out, Section II turns to examining how gendered understandings of war and militarism are deployed in times of conflict. S. military to inculcate loyalty among military spouses as a concerted strategy of indoctrination and control to maintain troop loyalty in the field. Studying intersections of gender(ed) violence, militarization, and resistance worlds away in a conflict in the pacific island of Bougainville, Ronni Alexander demonstrates that militarization has been used as a tool for the cultural governance of identity and maintenance of gender stratification.

NOTES 1. The problematic of intersectionality divides feminists, primarily (I believe) because of different conceptualizations of the term. Recent attempts to clarify the debates and advance analytical strategies include Brah and Phoenix (2004), McCall (2004), Knapp (2005), Phoenix and Pattynama (2006), and Klinger and Knapp (2008). I also note here that no single model of militaries, war, rationality, race, Gendered Identities, Ideologies, and Practices 29 gender, class, sexuality, national culture, or state apparatus can be adequate to the multiple and complex forms these terms conflate.

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