How is Political Violence Gendered? Disentangling Motives, Forms, and Impacts

Gabrielle Bardall, Elin Bjarnegård, Jennifer Piscopo

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How is political violence gendered? We connect the traditional political violence literature’s emphasis on categorizing attacks to the gender and politics literature’s analysis of the barriers to women’s political participation. Our framework separates gendered political violence into three elements. Gendered motives appear when perpetrators use violence to preserve hegemonic men’s control of politics. Gendered forms emphasize how gender roles and tropes differentially shape men’s and women’s experiences of violence. Gendered impacts capture the subjective meaning-making processes that occur as different audiences react to political violence. This approach offers researchers and policymakers greater analytic precision regarding how political violence is gendered.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)916
Number of pages935
JournalPolitical Studies
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2020

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