Female Suicide Bombings: A Critical Gender Approach

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University of Toronto Press, Aug 4, 2016 - Political Science - 280 pages

As media coverage of terrorism and terroristic acts has increased so too has the discussion about the identities, motives, and gender of the perpetrators. Over the past fifteen years, there have been over 150 reported suicide bombings committed by women around the world. Because of its prominence in media reporting, the phrase “female suicide bomber” has become loaded with gendered notions and assumptions that elicit preconditioned responses in the West.

Female Suicide Bombings critically examines and challenges common assumptions of this loaded term. Tanya Narozhna and W. Andy Knight introduce female suicide bombings as a socio-political practice and a product of deeply politicized, gendered representations. Drawing on a combination of feminist and post-colonial approaches as well as terrorism studies literature, the authors seek to transcend ideological divisions in order to enhance our understanding of how gender, power, and academic practices influence our perceptions of female suicide bombings.

 

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Contents

Introduction
3
Key Terms and Concepts
24
Contextualizing Acts of Violence
49
Between Agential Choice and Structural Determinism
107
Exploring the Organizations behind Female Suicide Bombings
135
5 Global Power Knowledge and the Politics of Difference in the Representations of Female Suicide Bombings
161
6 Counterterrorism Gender and Human Security
186
Conclusion
209
Notes
225
Bibliography
233
Index
259
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Tanya Narozhna is an Associate Professor of Global Politics at the University of Winnipeg.

W. Andy Knight is a professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Alberta.

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