Mothers, Monsters, Whores: Women's Violence in Global Politics

Laura Sjoberg, Caron Gentry

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This book provides an empirical study of women's violence in global politics. The book looks at military women who engage in torture; the Chechen 'Black Widows '; Middle Eastern suicide bombers; and the women who directed and participated in genocides in Bosnia and Rwanda. Sjoberg & Gentry analyze the biological, psychological and sexualized stereotypes through which these women are conventionally depicted, arguing that these are rooted in assumptions about what is "appropriate" female behavior.What these stereotypes have in common is that they all perceive women as having no agency in any sphere of life.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherZed Books
Number of pages288
ISBN (Electronic)9781848137370
ISBN (Print)9781842778661
Publication statusPublished - 15 Oct 2007


  • gender
  • agency
  • women's violence
  • political science
  • international relations
  • criminology
  • feminist IR
  • feminist theory

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