From Freedom Fighters to Terrorists: Women and Political Violence

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2008 - Political Science - 240 pages
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Women have participated in political violence throughout history. Yet women as active proponents and perpetrators of political violence and terrorism is not widely accepted. Viewed as being forced by partners, sexually abused or brainwashed, the possibility of political motives is not often considered. Eager utilizes a framework to analyze women engaged in political violence in different contexts to examine structural variables, ideological goals of the organization and personal factors which contribute to involvement.Case study rich, this informative read provides an indispensable guide to examining women's role in left/right wing engagement, ethno-nationalist/separatist violence, guerrilla movements and suicide bombers.
 

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Contents

A cknowledgements vii
11
Women and LeftWing Political Violence
27
Dupes of Men or Willing Participants? RightWing Women
83
Women and Ethnonational
133
Analyzing the Aberrant Womans Paradox
171
Concluding Thoughts on Women and Political Violence
213
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Paige Whaley Eager is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Hood College, Frederick, Maryland, USA.

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