The Gender Logics of Resistance to the 'War on Terror':constructing sex–gender difference through the erasure of patriarchy in the Middle East

Pratt, Nicola (2012) The Gender Logics of Resistance to the 'War on Terror':constructing sex–gender difference through the erasure of patriarchy in the Middle East. Third World Quarterly, 33 (10). pp. 1821-1836. ISSN 0143-6597

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Abstract

This article asks, 'How are femininities constructed in resisting the "war on terror" and with what implications for women's agency and the conceptualisation of gender?' It examines the under-studied gender logics of non-violent resistance to the 'war on terror' by focusing on a series of conferences held in Cairo, between 2002 and 2008, uniting opposition to imperialism, Zionism, neoliberalism and dictatorship. Whereas much feminist scholarship conceptualises sex-gender difference within patriarchy as the major source of women's subordination, women speakers at the Cairo conferences erased patriarchy as a source of subordination and valorised sex-gender difference as a source of agency in resisting the 'war on terror'. Femininities were constructed against the dominant narratives and practices of the war on terror through the representation of national/religious or class differences. These 'resistance femininities' represent strategically essentialised identities that function to bridge differences and mobilise women against the 'war on terror'.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: gender issue,gender relations,neoliberalism,womens status,cairo [egypt],cairo
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Political, Social and International Studies
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2013 14:12
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2019 19:16
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/44997
DOI: 10.1080/01436597.2012.728318

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