Rebuilding Bridges: Toward a Feminist Research Agenda for Postwar Reconstruction

Suzanne Bergeron, Carol Cohn, Claire Duncanson

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As feminists who think about war and peacebuilding, we cannot help but encounter the complex, entwined political economic processes that underlie wars’ causes, their courses, and the challenges of postwar reconstruction. For us, then, the increasing academic division between feminist security studies (FSS) and feminist (international) political economy (FPE/FIPE) has been a cause for concern, and we welcomed Politics & Gender’s earlier Critical Perspectives section on efforts to bridge the two (June 2015). We noticed, however, that although violence was addressed in several of the special section's articles, war made only brief and somewhat peripheral appearances, and peacebuilding was all but absent. While three contributions (Hudson 2015; Sjoberg 2015; True 2015) mentioned the importance of political economy in the analysis of armed conflict, the aspects of war on which the articles focused were militarized sexualities (Sjoberg 2015) or conflict-related and postwar sexual and gender-based violence (Hudson 2015; True 2015).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)715-721
Number of pages6
JournalPolitics & Gender
Issue number4
Early online date24 Nov 2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017


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