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Women and War: Gender Identity and Activism in Times of Conflict

Joyce P. Kaufman and Kristen P. Williams
Women and War: Gender Identity and Activism in Times of Conflict
ISBN: 978-1-56549-310-0
ISBN: 978-1-56549-309-4
ISBN: 978-1-56549-406-0
2010/159 pages/LC: 2010019627
A Kumarian Press Book
"Moves beyond the realist version of international politics and highlights key authors and texts throughout, while addressing the underexplored terrain of women and international politics, especially women and war. Highly Recommended."—Choice

"A fascinating and unique book sure to be of interest to students and scholars alike."—Laura Sjoberg, University of Florida

"Kaufman and Williams focus explicitly on women, while merging traditional and feminist IR scholarship. The result is a comprehensive study of women’s options and agency in various stages of conflict, and a text that admirably serves classroom and research purposes."—V. Spike Peterson, University of Arizona


Joyce Kaufman and Kristen Williams draw on both traditional and feminist IR theory to explore the roles that women play leading up to, during, and after conflict situations, how they spur and respond to nationalist and social movements, and how conceptions of gender are deeply intertwined with ideas about citizenship and the state.


Joyce P. Kaufman is professor of political science and director of the Center for Engagement with Communities at Whittier College. Kristen P. Williams is professor of political science at Clark University. Their most recent collaboration (2013) is Women at War, Women Building Peace: Challenging Gender Norms.


  • Introduction.
  • Theoretical Framework.
  • Conflict and Violence Against Women.
  • Women, Political Activism, and Conflict.
  • Post-Conflict Activism: Women Working for Peace.
  • Where Are the Women?