Conclusion: The Interrelationship Between Gender, War, and Militarism

Laura Sjoberg, Sandra Via

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The wealth and diversity of the theoretical and empirical contributions of each essay in this collection on gender, war, and militarism cannot possibly be covered succinctly in one conclusory chapter. The contributions to this volume tell us about the struggle for post-conflict reintegration for girls associated with the fighting forces in Sierra Leone alongside gendered nature of neoliberal globalization that beget such companies as Blackwater as the militaries of the future. Each author summarizes what their individual studies tell us about gender, war, and militarism; perhaps our efforts in the conclusion are best spent exploring what the essays in this book tell us together.
Here, we argue that the sum of these essays is more than the parts. These essays offer unique, in-depth looks at many situations surrounding gender, war, and militarism, but their diversity says as much as their depth. Viewed together, these explorations show gender, war, and militarism as conceptually and interdependent, empirically international, intrinsically intersectional, and in need of academically interdisciplinary analysis.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGender, War, and Militarism
Subtitle of host publicationFeminist Perspectives
EditorsLaura Sjoberg, Sandra Via
Place of PublicationSanta Barbara, CA
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-313-39144-6
ISBN (Print)978-0-313-39143-9
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2010


  • gender
  • war
  • militarism
  • feminism
  • feminist IR
  • feminist security studies

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