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Gender aspects of terrorism in urban spaces

Geschlecht und Terrorismus in städtischen Räumen
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Keenan, Kevin

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Abstract Theoretical development within gender studies and terrorism studies has occurred along the axes of identity, material and spatial power and inequality, and geography. Gender scholars have been concerned with the transformation of oppressive political structures, with increased inequality and understanding how gender structures limit women’s opportunities, and with the role of separate geo-graphical and social spheres in shaping outcomes. Terrorism scholars have con-ceptualized terror as a political process, the result largely of economic inequality and to some extent, gender structures, and they have articulated a role for urban space in conceptualizing interventionist policy to ameliorate the terrorist threat. This paper traces the development of these theoretical traditions, pointing out the thematic similarities, but also the dissimilar objects of inquiry. A review of the scholarship where gender informs terrorism studies points the way to future development of scholarship around (1) solving the global terrorism problem by further understanding gender structures for both men and women; (2) the role of urban and non-urban spaces as the backdrop for terrorist recruitment and formation processes; and (3) how gender is likely to affect actual survival for gendered urban populations when terrorism occurs.
Keywords terrorism; gender; woman; town; threat; risk; perception; gender studies; feminism; United States of America
Classification Women's Studies, Feminist Studies, Gender Studies; Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture
Free Keywords urban space; hazards
Document language English
Publication Year 2014
Page/Pages p. 100-114
Journal Historical Social Research, 39 (2014) 3
Issue topic Terrorism, gender, and history
ISSN 0172-6404
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works