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Girls with Guns: Firearms, Feminism, and Militarism (Framing 21st Century Social Issues) [Paperback]

France Winddance Twine
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January 25, 2013 0415516730 978-0415516730

A nuanced understanding of state violence and gender (in)equalities must consider the varied and contradictory experiences of armed civilian women, female soldiers, and opponents of gun possession. How is ‘feminism’ and ‘femininity’ negotiated in the early 21st century by civilian and military women in a nation that fetishizes guns? This book addresses this social problem by offering a comparative analysis of the particular dilemmas that gender inequality, class inequality, race/racism and U.S. nationalism generate for women of diverse backgrounds who are struggling to balance conventional gender roles, femininity and gendered violence in the United States.


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France Winddance Twine is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is an ethnographer, a critical race theorist, and a documentary filmmaker who earned her degree at the University of California, Berkeley. She has published more than 60 books, journal articles, book reviews, and essays. She is the author and an editor of eight books, including Geographies of Privilege (forthcoming, 2013), A White Side of Black Britain: Interracial Intimacy and Racial Literacy (2010), Outsourcing the Womb: Race, Class, and Gestational Surrogacy in a Global Market (Routledge, 2011), Retheorizing Race and Whiteness in the 21st Century (with Charles Gallagher, Routledge, 2011), and Feminism and Antiracism: International Struggles for Justice (New York University Press, 2000). She has served as deputy editor of American Sociological Review, the official journal of the American Sociological Association. Twine currently serves on the international editorial boards of the journals Ethnic and Racial Studies, Sociology, the official journal of the British Sociological Association, and Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power.


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  • Series: Framing 21st Century Social Issues
  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (January 25, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415516730
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415516730
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 6.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,746,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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France Winddance Twine was born in Chicago, Illinois and spent most of her early life on Chicago's Southside in a working class community. She attended Catholic schools and at age 16 entered Northwestern University where she earned her B.A. at the age of 20. She spent four years employed as a clinical specialist working in inpatient psychiatry before moving to New York and then New Orleans where she worked as a waitress, bookbinder and an artist and lived a bohemian lifestyle. She has taught at Duke University, University of Washington in Seattle and was a Visiting Distinguished Professor at The London School of Economics & Political Science. In 2008-09 she was a Research Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. She is currently a Professor of Sociology at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Twine, a leading scholar of social inequalities has more than 56 publications including 3 single authored books, 5 edited volumes and more than 40 journal articles, essays and reviews and has conducted field research in Brazil, Britain and the US. She is currently writing 3 books including one titled Girls with Guns which will be published in 2012 by Routledge.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Timely analysis! April 3, 2013
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France Winddance Twine has brought her many years of keen social analysis and insight into racism and critical race theory to a timely reading of guns and women. More than most analyses of women and firearms, this book is feminist at its core, and continually sets recent and long ago events into nuanced historical contexts, from its take on Patti Hearst's kidknapping and subsequent "turn" to joining her kidknappers in the armed robbing banks, to the reactions of the West to Jessica Lynch's capture as a POW in Iraq. Rather than work with received notions of gender, race, and class, Twine emphasizes how women negotiate and perform femininity and feminism with and through arms, though not always, as the saying goes, under circumstances of their own choosing.
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