Gender, Agency and War: The Maternalized Body in US Foreign Policy

TitleGender, Agency and War: The Maternalized Body in US Foreign Policy
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsManaghan, Tina
Number of Pages175
CityNew York

This book traces practices of militarization and resistance that have emerged under the sign of motherhood in US foreign policy. This volume examines this discourse against the background of three key moments of American foreign policy formation: the anti-nuclear movement of the 1980s, the Gulf War of the early 1990s, and the recent invasion of Iraq. For each of these moments the author explores the emergence of a historically specific and emblematic maternalized mode of female embodiment, in order to shed light onto the various practices which define and enable expressions of American sovereignty. In so doing, the text argues that the emergence of particular raced, gendered, and maternalized bodies ought not to be read as merely tangential to affairs of state, but as instantiations of global politics. This work urges an approach that rereads the body as an 'event' - with significant implications for the ways in which international politics and gender are currently understood.

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