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Women, Security, South Asia

Women, Security, South Asia
A Clearing in the Thicket

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Women's Studies (General)

September 2005 | 216 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
This book explores women's perspectives on matters of security and related policy, focusing on women in South Asia who are battling society, insecurity and violence in some form. The book makes three important contributions. First, it examines existing theories of security. Secondly, it goes beyond critique and narrative to seek concrete new agendas for empirical research in security studies. Finally, it brings together statistical, ethnographic and survey data.
Swarna Rajagopalan
Women and Security
In Search of a New Paradigm

Farah Faizal
Societal Insecurities
A Maldivian Study

Saba Gul Khattak
Afghan Women Refugees

Amena Mohsin
Silence and Marginality
Gendered Security and the Nation-State

Sudha Ramachandran
Dying to be Equal
Women Militants and Organisational Decision-Making

Ilmas Futehally
Women Taking the Track Two Path
Farah Faizal
In Conclusion

The case studies present new ares and localities of research and tackle difficult issues that are made up of layers of complex social issues related to gender and security in South Asia. They use a combination of methods- statistical data, ethnographic survey as well as personal experiences of the authors-to substantiate their arguments….It is hoped that the volume would thereby contribute towards high-lighting the security concerns of South Asian women and to the ongoing security debate in general.

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The book goes beyond existing security studies as it highlights the sources of both women’s securities and insecurities by narrating their roles as agents as well as victims within diverse sectors… I highly recommend this book to those interested in the subject, particularly to those outside the field of gender studies to better understand how gender is deeply embedded in issues of security- an area where current policy and research have significant shortcomings.

Gender, Technology and Development

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ISBN: 9780761933878