Terrorism and Political Violence

Caron Gentry, Laura Sjoberg

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Using gender analysis helps to see the gender biases in the concept of ‘terrorism’ that are at the apex of its definitional concerns, political problems, and moral ambiguities. The first section of this chapter examines the definitional problem of terrorism, not just for inconsistencies but also for how what or who is included (and excluded) in common definitions and how these inclusions/exclusions are gendered. In the second section, we problematize terrorism by looking for its gendered implications. The next section points out one of the important elements of using gender analysis to theorize terrorism: understanding how people identified as terrorists are gendered in media and scholarly discussions of their actions. The final section discusses genderings in counterterrorism theory and practice.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGender Matters in Global Politics
Subtitle of host publicationA Feminist Introduction to International Relations
EditorsLaura J. Shepherd
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781315879819
ISBN (Print)9780415715201, 9780415715218
Publication statusPublished - 17 Jul 2014


  • political violence
  • terrorism
  • gender
  • feminist theory
  • feminist IR
  • agency

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