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War and Gender: How Gender Shapes the War System and Vice-Versa.

Goldstein, J. S. (2001). War and Gender: How Gender Shapes the War System and Vice-Versa. New York, Cambridge University Press.
Goldstein assesses the possible explanations for the near-total exclusion of women from combat forces, through history and accross cultures. Topics covered include the history of women who did fight and fought well, the complex role of testosterone in men’s social behaviours, and the construction of masculinity and femininity  in the shadow of war. Goldstein concludes that killing in war does not come naturally for either gender, and that gender norms often shape men, women and children to the needs of the war system.


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