From Freedom Fighters to Terrorists: Women and Political Violence

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2008 - Political Science - 240 pages
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.


Women and LeftWing Political Violence
Dupes of Men or Willing Participants? RightWing Women
Women and Wars
Women and Ethnonational
Analyzing the Aberrant Womans Paradox
Concluding Thoughts on Women and Political Violence

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Paige Whaley Eager is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Hood College, Frederick, Maryland, USA.

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