Beyond Mothers, Monsters, Whores: Thinking about Women's by Laura Sjoberg, Caron E. Gentry

By Laura Sjoberg, Caron E. Gentry

Beyond moms, Monsters, Whores takes the advice in Mothers, Monsters, Whores that it is very important see genderings in characterizations of violent girls, and to exploit critique of these genderings to retheorize person violence in worldwide politics. It starts by means of demonstrating the interdependence of the private and overseas degrees of world politics in violent women's lives, yet then exhibits that this interdependence is inaccurately depicted in gender-subordinating narratives of women's violence. Such narratives, the authors argue, usually are not basically normatively complex at the floor but additionally intersect with different identifiers, equivalent to race, faith, and geopolitical position.

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Radicalization theory Radicalization is the ‘process of personal development whereby an individual adopts ever more extreme political or politic-religious ideas and goals, becoming convinced that the attainment of these goals justifies extreme methods’ (Volintiru 2010: 7). A person’s radicalization is seen as partly or mostly dependent upon their interaction with their environment. Radicalization is not synonymous with violence, nor does it necessarily lead to violence (Borum 2011: 38), but it is seen as one of the larger factors in determining whether or not a person does in fact resort to political violence.

However, the book relies on gendered expectations and norms to theorize women’s participation, relying upon gendered notions of what women’s roles are in particular societies. For instance, if a woman becomes dishonoured in a conservative (read: Muslim) society along gender lines owing to rape or sexual discrepancy, then, according to Bloom, she is more likely to become involved in political violence. While ‘radicalization’ was studied before 9/11 (Laqueur 1998; Merari 1990; Sprinzak 1990) it certainly gained momentum after­ wards.

As such this limits or diminishes the agency of the actor: if Western estimations of agency are tied to how the actor encounters the political sphere (and vice versa) then a radicalized fundamentalist is going to have difficulty in a sphere that values rationality and logic. Evolutionary theory A number of scholars have turned to explicitly sex-based evolutionary accounts of both interstate war and people’s violence and terrorism in global politics (Gat 2009; Goetze and James 2004). : 37). : 44, 51), is a combination of lack of access to reproductive success for non-alpha males in this life and the expectation of access to virgins to achieve reproductive success in the next life.

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