War and Gender: How Gender Shapes the War System and Vice Versa

TitleWar and Gender: How Gender Shapes the War System and Vice Versa
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsGoldstein, Joshua S.
Number of Pages523
PublisherCambridge University Press

Gender roles are nowhere more prominent than in war, yet our understanding of the relationship between gender and war is confused. Joshua Goldstein analyzes the near-total exclusion of women from combat forces, through history and across cultures. Topics covered include the history of women who did fight and fought well, the complex role of testosterone in men's social behaviors, and the construction of masculinity and femininity in the shadow of war. Goldstein concludes that killing in war does not come naturally for either gender, and that gender norms often shape men, women, and children to the needs of the war system.

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