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Gender, Justice, and the Wars in Iraq

A Feminist Reformulation of Just War Theory

Laura Sjoberg

Gender, Justice, and the Wars in Iraq offers a feminist critique and reconstruction of just war theory. It points out gender biases in the just war tradition and suggests alternative jus ad bellum and jus in bello standards that emphasize women, political marginality, and empathy. Laura Sjoberg applies this feminist just war theory to analyze the wars in Iraq since the end of the Cold War—the First Gulf War, the war of sanctions, and the Second Gulf War. By examining international political discourse from and about Iraq, it shows where war generally and just war specifically are gendered. Through the stories of key just war characters like Jessica Lynch, this book reveals where women are omitted and subordinated in global politics. Sjoberg suggests that dialogue and empathy replace righteousness in just war thinking for the good of human safety everywhere and concludes with alternative visions of Gulf War policies, inspired by feminist just war theory. « less more »
Lexington Books
Pages: 278Size: 6 3/8 x 9 1/4
978-0-7391-1609-8 • Hardback • May 2006 • $109.00 • (£70.00)
978-0-7391-1610-4 • Paperback • May 2006 • $39.99 • (£24.95)
978-0-7391-5547-9 • eBook • May 2006 • $37.99 • (£24.95)
Dr. Laura Sjoberg is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and the Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.
Part 1 Iraq, Just War, and Feminisms
Chapter 2 Introduction
Chapter 3 The Problematic Preeminence of the Just War Tradition
Chapter 4 Feminist Foundations
Part 5 Feminist Just War Theory
Chapter 6 Feminist Motivating Moralities for Just Wars
Chapter 7 Feminisms Go to War: Jus Ad Bellum
Chapter 8 Feminisms Fight Wars: Jus As Bello
Part 9 The Wars in Iraq
Chapter 10 Histories for the Wars in Iraq
Chapter 11 Gendered States Fight Sexualized Wars
Chapter 12 Attacking Civilians: The Implications of Sanctions
Chapter 13 Just War Against Terror? Feminisms Confront Elshtain
Chapter 14 Women in the Gulf Wars
Part 15 Implementing Empathetic Cooperation
Chapter 16 A Reconstructive Project for Feminist Just War Theory
Chapter 17 Feminist Reconstructions of the Wars in Iraq
Chapter 18 Conclusion
A new and distinctive feminist voice on war! Sjoberg grabs hold of the trickiest issues of justice and war making, as well as war avoiding, and shakes everything up. I especially welcome her use of empathetic cooperation to re-frame feminist thinking on war. This rigorous and reflective study will be a benchmark work for years to come.
Christine Sylvester, Lancaster University

Sjoberg has developed her dissertation, a feminist analysis of the Iraq wars, into a vibrant addition to the just war literature. . . . Recommended.

A significant strength of the text lies in its method of articulating potential counter-discourses to those actually employed in the case of the Iraq Wars, which draw inaginatively on a feminist war ethic....Gender, Justice, and the Wars in Iraq provides thought-provoking reading for students and academics alike...
2008; International Feminist Journal of Politics

What greater challenge for feminists than justifying war and the (gendered) violence it entails? Sjoberg bravely goes where others fear to tread and in this timely book delivers a persuasive account of the Iraqi wars and how feminisms enable more adequate and applicable just war theory.
Spike Peterson, University of Arizona