What, and Where, is Feminist Security Studies

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This piece looks to backwards and forwards to what feminist work in security was, is, and could be, pairing a historical sociology with a forward-looking view of the future(s) of the field. It begins with thinking about feminist studies of security before FSS as a foundation for the discussion, then traces different claims to core identities of FSS. It then looks at divergent strands of FSS, as well as omissions and critiques. Rather than looking to reconcile those different accounts, it asks what can be taken from them to engage potential futures for FSS, and its contribution to feminisms and/or studies of security.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-161
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Regional Security
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • feminist security studies
  • feminist IR
  • gender
  • security
  • international relations
  • international relations theory

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