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Sex and World Peace Hardcover – April 17, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0231131827 ISBN-10: 0231131828

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press (April 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231131828
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231131827
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 5.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #434,012 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sex and World Peace should be on top of every introductory International Relations reading list.

(Sara E. Davies International Affairs 1900-01-00)

[A] pioneering and readable book.... Highly recommended.

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This is an important, well written, and inf ormative book that will serve a wide audience of graduate and undergraduate students, academics, and policymakers, as well as the interested public.

(Helen M. Kinsella Ethics and International Affairs 1900-01-00)

highly readable and provides a thought-provoking introduction to the reasons why equality between women and men within the family matters for the relations between states and, ultimately, world peace.

(Marijke Breuning Peace and Conflict 1900-01-00)

A landmark book.

(Gloria Steinem Ms.)

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An eye-opening contribution to our understanding of the powerful misogynist forces that still contribute to violence and war. This volume should be required reading for all students of international relations and those who make policy.

(Ann Crittenden, author of The Price of Motherhood)

More About the Author

Valerie M. Hudson is Professor and George H.W. Bush Chair at The Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. She has previously taught at Brigham Young, Northwestern, and Rutgers universities. Her research foci include foreign policy analysis, security studies, gender and international relations, and methodology. Hudson's articles have appeared in such journals as International Security, Journal of Peace Research, Political Psychology, and Foreign Policy Analysis. She is the author or editor of several books, including (with Andrea Den Boer) Bare Branches: The Security Implications of Asia's Surplus Male Population (MIT Press, 2004), which won the American Association of Publishers Award for the Best Book in Political Science, and the Otis Dudley Duncan Award for Best Book in Social Demography, resulting in feature stories in the New York Times, The Economist, 60 Minutes, and other news publications. Hudson was named to the list of Foreign Policy magazine's Top 100 Global Thinkers for 2009. Winner of numerous teaching awards and recipient of a National Science Foundation research grant and a Minerva Initiative grant, she served as the director of graduate studies for the David M. Kennedy Center for International and Area Studies for eight years, and served as Vice President of the International Studies Association for 2011-2012. Hudson is one of the Principal Investigators of the WomanStats Project, which includes the largest compilation of data on the status of women in the world today. She is also a founding editorial board member of Foreign Policy Analysis, and an editorial board member of Politics and Gender, the American Political Science Review, and the International Studies Review, has testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Her most recent book is Sex and World Peace, co-authored with Bonnie Ballif-Spanvill, Mary Caprioli and Chad Emmett, and published by Columbia University Press, and her forthcoming book with Patricia Leidl, also from Columbia University Press, is entitled The Hillary Doctrine: Sex and American Foreign Policy. She and her husband David, a landscape architect, are the parents of eight children.

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K-Rin
The text is very readable and approachable, and the evidence is broad, logically presented, and analyzed well.
Dr. R. A. Manes
Excellent book on gender and world politics.
B. Kent Harrison

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Fritz Jensen on June 30, 2012
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.--- Wow! If you are female and under the age of 99 years this is a must read for you.
If you are Male and under the age of 110 this is a must read for you.
This book highlights the thoughts that we have all been thinking for years with sound research and stories of women around the world. It deals not only with women in the United States, but in many both developed and third world. It takes a hard look at the way women have been suppressed by men in power.
In light of the Supreme Court Decision regarding affordable health care I have re-read the book. We need more women in the decision making process in this ever shrinking world of instant communication. I am afraid that the only way we are going to get that is for women to seek the power of politics, not only of government but of the home.
I believe this book should be required reading for every undergraduate, If you are a College or University professor put it on your list, and talk about its implications with your students.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By cKevan on June 4, 2012
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Sex and World Peace explains the situation of women around the world in an accessible way. You don't need a PhD to understand the research and conclusions. It is a brilliant collection of stories and analysis and paints a picture of how the world really is. This book is different from all other socio-political views of the world because it actually recognizes the important role women play in societies. Not only does this book point out the issues women face, it also provides pragmatic solutions for every level's involvement. It is not another depressing book that overwhelms the reader with the horrors of being a woman. It states the realities and gives ways that we can realistically change things for the better. Reading this book helped me to know how I can fight for the equality of men and women around the world.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K-Rin on May 7, 2012
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A fascinating read that changed how I look at women's rights and politics. This book keeps you interested with compelling stories about women all around the world--how they are oppressed and how they are taking a stand. It's not just interesting though. The authors totally back up their arguments with impressive statistics. Such important information! I wish everyone would read it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gordon Finnigan on June 4, 2012
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It is amazing that on the stage of current events and world history we forget to include women. This book is an amazing conglomeration of research on the power of women in world peace and international development. I firmly believe that to have peace and to increase equality we must include women and men equally on the world stage.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Buckaroo on May 25, 2012
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This book contains some startling statistics about domestic abuse worldwide. I believe that the goal of the book is to highlight the many problems that countries have when they don't provide gender equality. Specifically, when women are seen at chatal and are given no freedoms. The countries who don't recognize women's worth are the countries that are having some of the worst crime rates and less peace throughout the world. While the book delivers some startling ideas about how women are (and have been) abused throughout the ages, it contains way too much statistical data for the average reader. I do, however, recommend reading it. The first two chapters will inform the reader in an easy to understand manner. However, I got bogged down in tables and statistics until I decided to scan those chapters. It was probably written as a textbook for grad students. Let's hope we can all become better informed about this kind of gender inequality as we move further into the future.
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