Making Gender, Making War is a unique interdisciplinary edited collection which explores the social construction of gender, war-making and peacekeeping. It highlights the institutions and processes involved in the making of gender in terms of both men and women, masculinity and femininity. The "war question for feminism" marks a thematic red thread throughout; it is a call to students and scholars of feminism to take seriously and engage with the task of analyzing war. Contributors analyze how war-making is intertwined with the making of gender in a diversity of empirical case studies, organized around four themes: gender, violence and militarism; how the making of gender is connected to a (re)making of the nation through military practices; UN SCR 1325 and gender mainstreaming in institutional practices; and gender subjectivities in the organization of violence, exploring the notion of violent women and non-violent men.

chapter |15 pages


Making Gender, Making War
ByAnnica Kronsell, Erika Svedberg

part |32 pages

Theme I Conceptualizing Gender, Violence, Militarism

chapter |16 pages

Gender Relations as Causal in Militarization and War

A Feminist Standpoint 1
ByCynthia Cockburn

chapter |14 pages


War/Militarism—Searching (for) the Obvious Connections?
ByJeff Hearn

part |55 pages

Theme II Making Gender and (Re)Making the Nation

chapter |12 pages

What Does a Bath Towel Have to Do with Security Policy?

Gender Trouble in the Swedish Armed Forces
ByMaud Eduards

chapter |13 pages

Friendly War-Fighters and Invisible Women

Perceptions of Gender and Masculinities in the Norwegian Armed Forces on Missions Abroad
ByTorunn Laugen Haaland

chapter |14 pages

Men Making Peace in the Name of Just War

The Case of Finland
ByPirjo Jukarainen

part |45 pages

Theme III Institutional Practices and Traveling Concepts

chapter |14 pages

A Gendered Protection for the ‘Victims' of War

Mainstreaming Gender in Refugee Protection
ByJane Freedman

chapter |15 pages

Experiences, Reflections and Learning

Feminist Organizations, Security Discourse and SCR 1325 1
ByLaura McLeod

part |55 pages

Theme IV Gender Subjectivity in the Organization of Violence

chapter |13 pages

Nordic Women and International Crisis Management

A Politics of Hope?
ByElina Penttinen

chapter |16 pages

Women in Militant Movements

(Un)Comfortable Silences and Discursive Strategies
BySwati Parashar

chapter |15 pages

In the Business of (In)Security?

Mavericks, Mercenaries and Masculinities in the Private Security Company
ByPaul Higate

chapter |9 pages

Reenvisioning Masculinities in the Context of Conflict Transformation

The Gender Politics of Demilitarizing Northern Ireland Society
ByFidelma Ashe

part |7 pages


chapter |5 pages

Is Feminism Being Co-Opted by Militarism?

ByAnnica Kronsell, Erika Svedberg