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Sex and World Peace

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

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

(Sara E. Davies International Affairs)

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

(Choice)

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)

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)

A landmark book.

(Gloria Steinem Ms.)

Since violence against females is the normalizer of all other forms of violence, this book is vital, from family life to foreign policy.

(Gloria Steinem T: The New York Times Style Magazine)

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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)

Sex and World Peace is unprecedented. While there have been books on gender and international relations and books exploring the causes of war with statistical analyses of archival data, to my knowledge no other book does both. This is therefore a germinal contribution to the emerging field of gender and international relations. It will also add to the ongoing American debate between realism and idealism in foreign policy. Of course this book will appeal to researchers and advanced graduate students, yet the accessible writing―leading the reader into the central argument by vivid 'case studies'―will also make it useful to advanced undergraduates. Finally, practitioners and activists in diplomacy, international aid NGOs, enlightened multinational corporations, and women's and men's organizations aimed at transforming gender relations will find much here that is instructive and useful.

(David G. Winter, University of Michigan)

Valerie M. Hudson and her colleagues take a monumental stride forward in providing a clear theoretical and empirical case for linking important outcomes in international politics, such as security, to the treatment of women. Their tour de force book connects micro-level incidents of violence against women―instantiated in such phenomena as inequity in family law, polygamy, and imbalanced sex ratios―to macro-level occurrences such as conflict and war. In this approach, they highlight the way in which legal institutions in particular serve to perpetuate patterns of violence within the family and larger society. The authors argue that the true clash of civilizations is not taking place between East and West, Christian and Muslim, but rather occurs in the chasm between men and women and in the discrepancy between attitudes, expectations, responsibilities, and opportunities playing out on the world stage. They provide an important theoretical link locating the origins of the mechanisms individuals use to establish and sustain hierarchies of dominance in international relations through the use of violence within the family. This learning then generalizes out into other domains, unconsciously but pervasively aligning dominance in the family to power between states that threaten or use violence to maintain control over groups constructed as a weaker "other." The implicit and ubiquitous nature of these patterns, in turn, provides unquestioned justification for the repression and protest spawning conflict around the globe.

(Rose McDermott, Brown University)
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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: 5.9 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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.--- 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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Excellent book on gender and world politics. The authors make a fine case for the connection between a nation's culture, laws, and attitudes toward gender and its disposition toward peace. Better attitudes and treatment of women could help the progress of peace in our world. The book contains considerable useful data about cultural feelings about women, education of women, laws regarding women, familial status, crimes against women, etc., for various countries, and it suggests various ways, top down and bottom up, for coping with and improving these matters. Everyone should read it to understand today's world views on women!
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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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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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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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This book is posing a simple thesis: the treatment of women and girls is a reliable indicator of levels of peace and prosperity, nationally and globally. In fact, the basic premise is so straight forward and rationale, it is a wonder that there are not many texts proving the same hypothesis. The authors use a broad set of variables to analyze the treatment of women and girls in every region of the world, effectively comparing and contrasting different nations successes and challenges. This book has become a cornerstone text in my own teaching and research. I hope to see more of these scholars research in the future. The text is very readable and approachable, and the evidence is broad, logically presented, and analyzed well. This book is a must read.
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Sex and World Peace explains the possible reasons for gender inequality; why it is bad for everyone's security - inculding the state's; show a very robust and significant correlation between women's physical security and state security - using the WomenStats data base, and proposes concrete measures to address these inequalities and thus improve the security both of the states and all their citizens. A must-read!
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