Book Review: War and Gender: How Gender Shapes the War System and Vice Versa. Joshua S. Goldstein, Cambridge, UK, Cambridge University Press; 2001. 523 pp. $39.95

Book Review: War and Gender: How Gender Shapes the War System and Vice Versa. Joshua S.... P1: ZBU Sex Roles [sers] pp1075-sers-477818 December 17, 2003 14:0 Style file version June 3rd, 2002 ° C Sex Roles, Vol. 50, Nos. 1/2, January 2004 ( 2004) Book Review War and Gender: How Gender Shapes the War cieties, when differences in size and physical strength System and Vice Versa. Joshua S. Goldstein, are no longer as important? Cambridge, UK, Cambridge University Press; Goldstein outlines the cultural factors that pro- 2001. 523 pp. $39.95. mote the gendering of war, such as the construction of norms that link men’s identity as masculine with their willingness to fight. To claim the status of “manhood,” Throughout the ages, war has been waged pri- men have to be willing to endure the trauma of war; marily by men. One can point to exceptions in which those who refuse to do so are castigated with demean- women have been active combatants in war, but most ing epithets and are accused of not being “real men.” societies have restricted the role of warrior to men. To wage war effectively, men have to learn to suppress This raises the question of why the warrior role has their emotions, especially fear and grief. Those who been designated http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Sex Roles Springer Journals

Book Review: War and Gender: How Gender Shapes the War System and Vice Versa. Joshua S. Goldstein, Cambridge, UK, Cambridge University Press; 2001. 523 pp. $39.95

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Kluwer Academic Publishers-Plenum Publishers
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Copyright © 2004 by Plenum Publishing Corporation
Subject
Psychology; Gender Studies; Sociology, general; Medicine/Public Health, general
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0360-0025
eISSN
1573-2762
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10.1023/B:SERS.0000011232.54825.58
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P1: ZBU Sex Roles [sers] pp1075-sers-477818 December 17, 2003 14:0 Style file version June 3rd, 2002 ° C Sex Roles, Vol. 50, Nos. 1/2, January 2004 ( 2004) Book Review War and Gender: How Gender Shapes the War cieties, when differences in size and physical strength System and Vice Versa. Joshua S. Goldstein, are no longer as important? Cambridge, UK, Cambridge University Press; Goldstein outlines the cultural factors that pro- 2001. 523 pp. $39.95. mote the gendering of war, such as the construction of norms that link men’s identity as masculine with their willingness to fight. To claim the status of “manhood,” Throughout the ages, war has been waged pri- men have to be willing to endure the trauma of war; marily by men. One can point to exceptions in which those who refuse to do so are castigated with demean- women have been active combatants in war, but most ing epithets and are accused of not being “real men.” societies have restricted the role of warrior to men. To wage war effectively, men have to learn to suppress This raises the question of why the warrior role has their emotions, especially fear and grief. Those who been designated

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